Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 151 Casey CagleReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 151 Casey Cagle

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 151 Casey Cagle

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 151 Casey Cagle
Creator: Cagle, Casey
Dates: 2013 July 31
Extent: 1.0 interview
Collection Number: RBRL/220/ROGP
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: Casey Cagle was elected to the Georgia State Senate in 1994 at the age of twenty-eight. He served in the Senate for 12 years before being elected Lieutenant Governor of Georgia in 2006. In this election, Cagle defeated Ralph Reed, a prominent conservative political activist and former director of the Christian Coalition. Casey Cagle discusses his early life in Gainesville and his start in the business world, when he took over the management of a tuxedo shop and expanded the business. Cagle talks about his decision to run for the State Senate and his later campaign against Ralph Reed for the lieutenant governorship. Cagle also discusses issues such as education, transportation, ethics in government and politics, and the role of the lieutenant governor in Georgia.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Casey Cagle was born in Hall County, Ga., where he was raised by a single mother. He graduated from Johnson High School and attended Gainesville College and Georgia Southern University. When a sports injury ended his dreams of playing college football, Casey returned home to Hall County to start his first business venture--a small tuxedo shop. He later grew to be a leader in the banking and real estate industry in northeast Georgia.

Cagle was elected to the Georgia State Senate in 1994 at the age of twenty-eight. He served in the senate for 12 years before being elected Lieutenant Governor of Georgia in 2006. In this election, Cagle defeated Ralph Reed, a prominent conservative political activist and former director of the Christian Coalition.

Scope and Content

Casey Cagle discusses his early life in Gainesville, where he was raised by a single mother. He discusses being recruited to play football in college, but ending his college sports career due to an injury. Cagle explains how he got started in the business world, when he took over the management of a tuxedo shop in Gainesville. Cagle also talks about his decision to run for the state Senate in 1993.

Cagle talks about being a Republican, including being a minority in the senate when he was first elected. He discusses the current state of education in Georgia, including charter schools, the dropout rate, and college and career academies. He also talks about transportation, including toll roads and reversible lanes.

Cagle discusses his campaign for lieutenant governor in 2005-06, including running against Ralph Reed. He talks about the role of the lietenant governor in Georgia politics and shares his views on indepently elected lieutenant governors.

Cagle talks about current problems in politics and government, including the recent ethics bill passed by the Georgia General Assembly, the role of money in politics, and the role of the press. He also discusses his political ambitions and shares thoughs on his accomplishments and disappointments as an elected official.


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 151, 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

Audiovisual.
Georgia. General Assembly. Senate.
Georgia. Office of the Lieutenant Governor.
Oral histories.
Roads--Georgia.

Related Collections in this Repository

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

ROGP 151 Casey Cagle video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
ROGP 151 Casey Cagle video, 2013 July 31 (Extent: 102.0 minutes ) Access Online