|Title:||Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 028 Larry Walker|
|Creator||Walker, Larry, 1942-|
|Dates||2008 May 14|
|Repository||Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies|
|Abstract||Larry Walker discusses his long career in the Georgia House of Representatives, which began in 1972, including his role as house majority leader and as a member of Speaker Tom Murphy’s inner circle. Walker served in the house for 32 years and was influential in changing the state flag and in developing the Georgia National Fair and Ag Center in Perry, Georgia.|
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 028, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.
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Lawrence Cohen “Larry” Walker, Jr., was born March 9, 1942, in Macon, Georgia. He received both a business and law degree from the University of Georgia. He won his first race for the Georgia House of Representatives in 1972, and served for 32 years. He eventually became the majority leader in the house, and remained a member of Speaker Tom Murphy’s inner circle. Walker was floor leader under Governor Joe Frank Harris. He was influential in many important legislative movements, including the changing of the state flag and the creation of the Georgia National Fair and Ag Center in Perry, Georgia. Walker has served on the Transportation Board and the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.
Larry Walker discusses his long career in the Georgia House of Representatives, which began in 1972. He addresses his role as house majority leader, gives his thoughts on the influential Speaker of the House Tom Murphy, and talks about his relationships with Governors George Busbee, Joe Frank Harris, and Zell Miller. Walker also touches on a variety of policy topics, such as budget negotiations, the HOPE Scholarship and state lottery, the changing of the state flag, building roads, and reapportionment.