Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 163 Stacey AbramsReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 163 Stacey Abrams

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 163 Stacey Abrams

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 163 Stacey Abrams
Creator: Abrams, Stacey
Dates: 2015 August 25
Extent: 1.0 interview
Collection Number: RBRL/220/ROGP
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: Stacey Abrams served as State Representative for Georgia’s 89th House District and was selected to the role of House Minority Leader for the Georgia General Assembly. In this interview, she discusses issues facing Georgia, including the public education system (with a discussion about the differences between public schools, charter schools, and private schools), voter registration, political reapportionment and redistricting, and challenges to Medicaid expansion.

Collection Description

Biographical note

Georgia Representative Stacey Abrams was born in Madison, Wisconsin, and grew up in Mississippi. She earned her bacherlor's degree from Spelman College in Georgia, her master's degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, and her J.D. from the Yale Law School. Abrams worked as Deputy City Attorney for Atlanta, and then began entrepreneurial ventures, including a consulting firm and a financial services firm. Abrams has been recognized by multiple organizations for leadership and entrepreneurship. She has represented Georgia’s 89th District in the Georgia House of Representatives since 2007, and has served as House Minority Leader since 2011. Abrams is also a published author of eleven romance-suspense novels, under the penname Selena Montgomery.

Scope and Content

Stacey Abrams compares traditional public, magnet, and charter schools and their differences in jurisdiction and funding. She discusses the proposed legislation for Opportunity School Districts, that if passed, would group Georgia's failing schools into one district under supervision of the governor. Abrams, discusses this issue, and its consequences for accountability and the concentration of executive power. Abrams also discusses voter registration, the importance of the Voter Registration Act, and her work in promoting voter registration in Georgia, specifically through her non-profit, New Georgia Project. She comments on the trends in reapportionment and redistricting in Georgia, their effect on representation of community issues and minority voices, and the outlook of a plan to create a redestricting commission in the Legislature. Abrams describes transportation initiatives in Georgia, funding for transportation infrastructure, and the role of mass transit, such as MARTA, in the metro-Atlanta area. Abrams also discusses the challenges to Medicaid expansion in Georgia, the comparison of its benefits versus costs, and the way in which it can spur grassroots demand for accountability from legislators.

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 163, 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, 2015.

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Access Points

Oral histories.

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Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

ROGP 163 Stacey Abrams video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
ROGP 163 Stacey Abrams video, 2015 August 25 Access Online