|Title:||Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 000-03 Zell Miller|
|Creator||Miller, Zell Bryan, 1932-|
|Repository||Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies|
|Abstract||In this interview Zell Miller discusses his early life and political career. Miller served as lieutenant governor of Georgia from 1975 to 1991, was elected governor of Georgia in 1990, and served as a United States senator. As governor he founded the HOPE scholarship, which used lottery funds to pay for student tuition to Georgia universities.|
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.
Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 000-03 Zell Miller, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.
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Zell Bryan Miller was born in Young Harris, Georgia on February 24, 1932. He attended Young Harris College, and then joined the Marines. Upon his discharge he attended the University of Georgia, receiving his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in history. Miller was elected Mayor of Young Harris, and served in 1959 and 1960. He became a professor at Young Harris College. He was elected for two terms to the Georgia State Senate. In both 1964 and 1966, he unsuccessfully ran for the United States House of Representatives. He was appointed chief of staff for Governor Lester Maddox in 1967. From 1975 to 1991, Miller held the office of lieutenant governor of Georgia, serving four terms under Governors George Busbee and Joe Frank Harris. In 1980, he unsuccessfully challenged Herman Talmadge for Talmadge’s Senate seat in the Democratic Party primary. Miller was elected governor of Georgia in 1990 on a campaign of term limits and public education. He was the keynote speaker at the 1994 Democratic National Convention. He founded the HOPE Scholarship, which used lottery funds to pay for student tuition to Georgia universities. Upon Senator Paul Coverdell’s death in 2000, Governor Roy Barnes appointed Miller to the U.S. Senate, and Miller campaigned successfully to keep the seat in the 2000 election. He took his position as a conservative Democrat, supporting many Republican policies. He supported the Iraq War, the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, and was a keynote speaker at the 2004 Republican National Convention. At the same time, he voted with the Democrats in supporting the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002. In 2005, he retired from the U.S. Senate. Miller is the author of nine books.
Miller discusses growing up in Young Harris, attending Young Harris College, meeting his wife Shirley Miller, joining the Marines, attending UGA, and the span of his political career, including his 1980 Senate race against Herman Talmadge and his career as Georgia’s governor and senator.