|Title:||Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 026 Bubba McDonald|
|Creator||McDonald, Lauren, 1938-|
|Dates||2008 May 1|
|Repository||Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies|
|Abstract||Bubba McDonald grew up in Commerce, Georgia, and served as a commissioner in Jackson County before being elected to the state House in 1971, where he worked on the Industry Committee and the Appropriations Committee. He was later appointed to the Public Service Commission by Governor Zell Miller in 1998. In this interview, McDonald discusses his early years and his public service as a state Representative and Public Service Commissioner. He focuses primarily on his working relationships with governors and speakers, his ideas about energy policy and regulation, and the process of shaping Georgia's budget.|
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 026, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.
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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.
McDonald discusses his early years and political career, including his election as commissioner in Jackson County, his twenty-year service as a state Representative, and his appointment to the Public Service Commission by Governor Zell Miller. As a Representative, McDonald held appointments with the Industry Committee and the Appropriations Committee. He describes the process of shaping a state budget and discusses the balance between state government and energy companies in creating a fair market for consumers. McDonald also expresses his thoughts on Governors Carter, Busbee, Harris, and Miller, among other figures.