|Title:||Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 034 James Tysinger|
|Creator||Tysinger, James, 1921-|
|Dates||2008 June 5|
|Repository||Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies|
|Abstract||James Tysinger discusses his early life and political career. He became interested in politics during Barry Goldwater’s campaign and became active with the Dekalb Republican Party. He was later elected to the Georgia Senate, where he served from 1968 to 1998 and served on overview committees for the Georgia World Congress Center and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA).|
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 034, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.
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James Tysinger was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, on August 9, 1921, and grew up in Washington, D.C. He joined the U.S. Army during World War II, seeing action in Guadalcanal, New Guinea, Leyte, and Luzon. Upon leaving the army, he attended Georgia Tech and went to work as an engineer for the Shell Oil Company and Westinghouse Electric Corporation. He first became active in politics when he volunteered with the Goldwater campaign. This led to his involvement in the DeKalb Republican Party, and an unsuccessful run for the Georgia House of Representatives. In 1968, he ran successfully for the Georgia Senate, where he served until 1998. During his time there, he served as chairman of Science and Technology under Governor Lester Maddox. Governor Zell Miller appointed him chairman of the Georgia World Congress Center Overview Committee. He also served as chair of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Overview Committee, which eventually became the MARTA Ethics Committee.
Tysinger discusses his early interest in politics during Barry Goldwater’s campaign, his activity with the Dekalb Republican Party, and his service in the Georgia Senate from 1968 to 1998. He addresses key figures with whom he worked, such as Paul Coverdell and Zell Miller. He also describes the creation of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) and shares his thoughts on the governors that presided while he was in office, from Lester Maddox to Zell Miller.