|Title:||Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 007 Joe Frank Harris|
|Creator||Harris, Joe Frank, 1936-|
|Dates||2006 November 2|
|Repository||Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies|
|Abstract||Joe Frank Harris served as governor of Georgia from 1983 to 1991, and is remembered for creating and implementing the Quality Basic Education Act (QBE), overseeing the building of the Georgia Dome, creating the Technical College System of Georgia, and working to bring the 1996 Summer Olympics to Atlanta. In this interview, Harris discusses the QBE, attratcting businesses to Georgia, water resource management, and his working relationships in public service.|
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 007, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.
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Joe Frank Harris was born in Atco, Georgia on February 16, 1936. He graduated with a degree in business from the University of Georgia, where he was named an "Outstanding Business Alumnus." After graduation, he returned to Cartersville, Georgia to help run the family cement business, Harris Cement Products, Inc. In 1964, he was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives, where he served for 18 years. In 1974, he served as chairman of the Appropriations Committee. With the support of Speaker Tom Murphy, Harris was elected governor of Georgia in 1983. He served two consecutive terms, where he won positive reviews for his improvements in education and the economy. He implemented the Quality Basic Education Act and increased the number of libraries in Georgia. He also oversaw the building of the Georgia Dome, which helped bring the 1996 Summer Olympics to Atlanta. Upon leaving the governor's office, he remained active in numerous positions. He became a member of the Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia, the first former governor to do so. He also served on the Board of Directors for Aflac and as the chairman of the Harris Georgia Corporation.
Harris discusses his decision to enter public service, his time on the House Appropriations Committee, and his term as governor of Georgia from 1983 to 1991. He addresses his gubernatorial campaign and his efforts to improve education with the Quality Basic Education Act, stimulate job growth, and push for more effective water resource management.