Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 010 Bubba McDonald on Tom MurphyReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 010 Bubba McDonald on Tom Murphy

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 010 Bubba McDonald on Tom Murphy

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 010 Bubba McDonald on Tom Murphy
Creator McDonald, Lauren, 1938-
Dates 2007 January 16
Extent 1.0 interview
Repository Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
AbstractBubba McDonald was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1971. He served on various committees throughout his political career, including his five-year chairmanship of the Industry Committee and, later, the Appropriations Committee. Governor Zell Miller appointed McDonald to the Public Service Commission (PSC) in 1998, and McDonald was elected to the PSC again in 2008. In this interview, McDonald discusses Tom Murphy, Speaker of the House for Georgia from 1973 to 2002. He addresses Murphy’s strong independence from the power of the governor, his emphasis on fiscal responsibility, and his fiery temperament. McDonald also covers Murphy’s similarities to and conflicts with Zell Miller, his support for the city of Atlanta, and the reasons for his lack of success running in his own district.

Administrative Information

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 010, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.


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Biographical Note

Lauren “Bubba” McDonald was born in Commerce, Georgia on November 24, 1938. He attended the University of Georgia and made a living playing the trombone. In 1959, he joined the Georgia Air National Guard. Upon graduating from UGA with a degree in business, McDonald returned home to work in his father’s hardware business. In 1968, he ran for county commissioner, at that time known as the commissioner of Roads and Revenue. In 1971, he was elected into the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican. In the house, he sponsored controversial legislation, including a local amendment to grant the Georgia Bureau of Investigation total arrest authority over car thefts in Jackson County. He was eventually appointed chairman of the Industry Committee, where he served for five years. He also served eight years as chairman of the Appropriations Committee. In 1997, McDonald and his son, Lauren, became partners in the L.W. McDonald & Son Funeral Home in Cumming, Georgia. Governor Zell Miller appointed McDonald to the Public Service Commission in 1998, a position he held until 2002. During his term, he served on the Committee on Electricity of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, chairing the Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues and Waste Disposal. McDonald was elected to the Public Service Commission again in 2008.


Scope and Content

McDonald discusses Tom Murphy, Speaker of the House for Georgia from 1973 to 2002. He addresses Murphy’s strong independence from the power of the governor, his emphasis on fiscal responsibility, and his fiery temperament. McDonald also covers Murphy’s similarities to and conflicts with Zell Miller, his support for the city of Atlanta, and the reasons for his lack of success running in his own district.


Related Collections in this Repository

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection


Access Points

Georgia--General Assembly--House of Representatives.
Miller, Zell Bryan, 1932-
Murphy, Thomas Bailey, 1924-2007
Oral histories.
Smith, George Leon, 1912-1973.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
ROGP 010 Bubba McDonald on Tom Murphy video, 2007 January 16 ( 97.0 minutes ) VIEW ONLINE