|Title:||Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 043 Bill Stuckey|
|Creator||Stuckey, Williamson Sylvester, 1935-|
|Dates||2008 August 11|
|Repository||Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies|
|Abstract||Elected as a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives from the Eighth and later the Ninth District, Bill Stuckey served in Congress from 1967 until 1977. While in Congress, Stuckey served on the Agriculture committee, the District of Columbia committee, the Interstate and Foreign Commerce committee and its subcommittee on Commerce and Finance and was chairman of the Commerce, Housing and Transportation subcommittee. In this interview, Stuckey discusses the Stuckey's chain of stores, his political campaigns, his service on committees, his experience in Congress during the Vietnam War and the Watergate scandal, and his opinion on America's oil dependency. He also discusses how the Democratic Party of Georgia and Congress have changed over the years.|
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 043, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.
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Williamson Sylvester Stuckey, Jr. was born in Eastman, Georgia, on May 25, 1935. He attended the Georgia Military Academy and graduated from the University of Georgia in 1956 with B.B.A. and LL.B. degrees. He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Social and Phi Delta Phi Legal fraternities.
From 1956 until 1966, Stuckey was president of Stuckey's Timberland, Inc. and executive vice-president of Stuckey's Inc., a division of Pet, Inc. He also was president of the Stuckey Pecan Company, 1958-1966, and Stuckey Investments, Inc., from 1958 to 1966.
Elected as a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives from the Eighth and later the Ninth District, Stuckey served in Congress from 1967 until 1977. He was not a candidate for re-election in 1976. While in Congress, Stuckey served on the Agriculture committee, the District of Columbia committee, the Interstate and Foreign Commerce committee and its subcommittee on Commerce and Finance and was chairman of the Commerce, Housing and Transportation subcommittee.
Stuckey was most proud of two pieces of legislation that dealt with the environment. He successfully introduced and had passed a bill that made Cumberland Island, Georgia, a National Seashore. The other measure he introduced made the Okefenokee Swamp a Federally Protected Wilderness open to the public through five water trails.
Starting in 1985, Stuckey served as chairman of Stuckey's Corporation.
Stuckey discusses his education at the Georgia Military Academy and the University of Georgia and his role in expanding the Stuckey's chain of stores beyond the Mississippi.
Stuckey discusses his career in politics and recalls running for Congress in 1966 against a Democrat incumbent. He discusses campaign strategy and the nature of running in the agriculture-based 8th district. Stuckey recalls his service on the Finance Subcommittee and discusses his changed opinion on public campaign financing. He talks about his experiences with Lyndon Johnson, his work on the Agriculture Committee, the District of Columbia Committee, and the Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee, as well as serving as chairman of a subcommittee on Commerce, Housing, and Transportation.
Stuckey recalls being in Congress during the Vietnam War and the Watergate scandal. He goes on to discuss his opinion on oil dependency, the necessity of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the importance of public transportation. He later discusses how the Democratic Party of Georgia and Congress have changed over the years.