Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 020 Cathy CoxReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 020 Cathy Cox

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 020 Cathy Cox

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 020 Cathy Cox
Creator Cox, Lera Catherine (Cathy), 1958-
Dates 2008 November 10
Extent 1.0 interview
Repository Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
AbstractLera Catherine "Cathy" Cox was born in Bainbridge, Georgia, in 1958 and has served as a state representative, Secretary of State, and as the 21st president of Young Harris College. Cox discusses her early years in Bainbridge, Ga., and her career path in journalism and law before serving in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1993 to 1996. She also talks about becoming Secretary of State in 1999, and her efforts to update voting equipment and voter ID laws. She also addresses her unsuccessful run in the 2006 campaign for governor, and shares her thoughts on issues facing Georgia such as early childhood education, rail transportation, and water resource management. Furthermore, she discusses her experience as president of Young Harris College, a role she took in 2007, and her plans for the college in the near future.

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


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Biographical Note

Lera Catherine "Cathy" Cox was born in Bainbridge, Georgia, in 1958. She received her associate's degree in agriculture from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, and her bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Georgia. She became a journalist for the Gainesville Times and the Post-Searchlight. As a journalist covering crime and courtrooms, she decided she wanted to study law. In 1986, she graduated magna cum laude from Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law, and worked at various law firms in Atlanta and Bainbridge. Cox entered politics as a Democrat when she became a member of the Georgia House of Representatives. She served from 1993 to 1996, when she left her seat to become the assistant secretary of state. She was elected secretary of state in 1998 and again in 2002, the first woman to serve in that post. She developed programs to stop investment fraud, and implemented a universal electronic voting system in Georgia. In 2004, Cox decided to campaign for governor. She lost in the primary to Democrat Mark Taylor. She retired from politics, and taught for one semester at the University of Georgia School of Law as a Carl E. Sanders Political Leadership Scholar, before becoming the 21st president of Young Harris College.


Scope and Content

Cox discusses her early years in Bainbridge, Ga., and her career path in journalism and law before serving in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1993 to 1996. She also talks about becoming Secretary of State in 1999, and her efforts to update voting equipment and voter ID laws. Cox also addresses her unsuccessful run in the 2006 campaign for governor, and shares her thoughts on issues facing Georgia such as early childhood education, rail transportation, and water resource management. Furthermore, she discusses her experience as president of Young Harris College, a role she took in 2007, and her plans for the college in the near future.


Related Collections in this Repository

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection

Cathy Cox Papers, Series II. Audiovisual Materials


Access Points

Education--Georgia.
Election law--Georgia.
Georgia. Secretary of State
Oral histories.
Railroads--Georgia.
Watershed management--Georgia.
Young Harris College.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
ROGP 020 Cathy Cox video, 2008 November 10 ( 81.0 minutes ) VIEW ONLINE
 
ROGP 020 Cathy Cox transcript, 2008 November 10 VIEW ONLINE