Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 137 Lindsay ThomasReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 137 Lindsay Thomas

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 137 Lindsay Thomas

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 137 Lindsay Thomas
Creator: Thomas, Robert Lindsay, 1943-
Dates: 2012 May 4
Extent: 1.0 interview
Collection Number: RBRL/220/ROGP
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: Robert Lindsay Thomas is a U.S. Representative from Georgia. He was elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-eighth and to the four succeeding Congresses (1983-1993). Thomas discusses his involvement with agriculture, his experience in Washington, D.C. and his work with water resource management in Georgia.

Collection Description

Biographical note

Robert Lindsay Thomas is a U.S. Representative from Georgia. He was born in Patterson, Pierce County, Ga., on November 20, 1943, and graduated from Patterson High School in 1961. He earned a B.A. from University of Georgia in 1965 and served in the Georgia National Guard from 1966 to 1972. Thomas is an investment banker and farmer. He was elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-eighth and to the four succeeding Congresses (1983-1993). Thomas is a resident of Atlanta and Savannah, Ga., and has served as the Federal Commissioner of the Tri-State Water Compact.

Scope and Content

Lindsay Thomas discusses his early life and his education at the University of Georgia. He recalls working unsuccessfully in brokerage before inheriting a farm.

Thomas recalls his decision to run for Bo Ginn's open seat in Congress. He discusses his early congressional experience and recalls his friendship with Ed Jenkins. Thomas recalls serving on the Agricultural Committee and discusses boll weevils, Vidalia onions, and agricultural development. He comments on his experience with the Appropriations Committee, the Conservative Coalition Caucus, and the Sun Belt Caucus. Thomas lists the challenging issues he worked on including banning the use of campaign money for personal spending and social security legislation.

Thomas discusses his reasons for leaving Congress including partisanship, the leadership of the Democratic Party, and the lack of open committee chairman seats. He discusses his trip to the Middle East and his perception of the War on Terror. Thomas recalls his work with the Olympics in Atlanta and comments on his experience with Robert Woodruff, Billy Payne, and Sam Nunn. He discusses his election to President of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

Thomas comments on Georgia's economic growth and civic leadership, particularly in places such as Sea Island and Savannah. He discusses Georgia's issues with natural resource management and water distribution challenges. Thomas reflects on the role of governors in recruiting industry to the state and his work as the Commissioner of the Tri-State Water Compact.


Administrative Information and Restrictions

Custodial History note

Reflections on Georgia Politics began in the fall of 2006 at Young Harris College, as a lecture and discussion program hosted by Georgia political veteran Bob Short. In late 2007, the Richard B. Russell Library began producing the program as an oral history video series to further illuminate and personalize the tectonic shifts that occurred in Georgia politics in the late twentieth century.

Preferred citation

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 137, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

Copyright Information

Resources may be used under the guidelines described by the U.S. Copyright Office in Section 107, Title 17, United States Code (Fair use). Parties interested in production or commercial use of the resources should contact the Russell Library for a fee schedule.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared by Russell staff, 2013.


Related Materials

Access Points

Agricultural laws and legislation--United States.
Agriculture--Georgia.
Congressional Sunbelt Caucus.
Democratic Party (U.S.)
Economic development--Georgia.
Georgia Chamber of Commerce.
Jenkins, Edgar Lanier, 1933-
Nunn, Samuel Augustus, 1938-
Olympic Games (26th : 1996 : Atlanta, Ga.)
Olympics.
Oral histories.
United States--Congress--House.
United States. Congress. House. Committee on Agriculture.
United States. Congress. House. Committee on Appropriations.
University of Georgia.
Water quality management--Georgia.
Water resources development--Georgia.
Water--Law and legislation--Georgia.
Woodruff, Robert Winship, 1889-1985

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Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

ROGP 137 Lindsay Thomas video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
ROGP 137 Lindsay Thomas video (Extent: 81.0 minutes ) Access Online