|Title:||Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 055 Louise McBee|
|Creator||McBee, Mary Louise, 1924-|
|Dates||2008 November 3|
|Repository||Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies|
|Abstract||Louise McBee was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives from Athens-Clarke County in 1991. McBee served on and chaired several committees, including the Appropriations Committee, the Retirement Committee, the World Congress Center Overview Committee, and the Women’s Legislative Caucus. She discusses her election to the Georgia General Assembly and the various committees she worked on. She specifically mentions topics such as the HOPE scholarship, vouchers, the Equal Rights Amendment, and No Child Left Behind. McBee discusses the education legislation she introduced in the General Assembly as well as her work on retirement legislation. She also discusses the importance of education in the home.|
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 055, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.
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Mary Louise McBee was born on June 15, 1924, in Strawberry Plains, Tennessee. She holds degrees from East Tennessee State University, Columbia University, and Ohio State University. Prior to joining the University of Georgia, Dr. McBee taught English in the Netherlands as a part of the Fulbright Scholarship Program. McBee also taught physical education in Virginia for three years, and served as the Dean of Women at East Tennessee State University for two years before joining UGA in 1963. At UGA, Dr. McBee served as the Dean of Women, the Dean of Students, the Assistant Vice President for Instruction, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs. In 1968, she served as the Dean of Women for Chapman University’s World Floating Campus program.
In 1988, Dr. McBee retired from the University of Georgia and participated on an expedition to Mt. Everest.
In 1991, McBee ran for a seat in the Georgia House of Representatives representing Athens-Clarke County. Representative McBee served on and chaired several committees, including the Appropriations Committee, the Retirement Committee, the World Congress Center Overview Committee, and the Women’s Legislative Caucus. She was elected Head of the Education Committee and contributed to the beginnings of the HOPE Scholarship in addition to working on several House Bills related to higher education. McBee was also instrumental in supporting pension plans including the Teachers’ Retirement System as well as advocating against the development of a landfill in Arcade, Georgia.
After serving five unopposed terms, Representative McBee retired from the General Assembly in 2004. She has continued to serve the Athens-Clarke County community through her membership on several local organizations including the Athens League of Women Voters, the Athens-Clarke County Chamber of Commerce, the Athens-Clarke County Hospital Authority, the Salvation Army Board, the Youth Empowerment System of Athens, the Arch Foundation, and the Red Cross. She has been recognized and awarded for her services and accomplishments, such as the Outstanding Alumnae Award from Eastern Tennessee State University, the University of Georgia Blue Key Award, Athens Woman of the Year, and the Second Annual Eldridge McMillan Lifetime Achievement Award.
McBee describes her life before she moved to Athens, Georgia, when she lived in Strawberry Plains, Tennessee. McBee discusses being an educator at the University of Georgia during desegregation. She also recalls climbing Mount Everest.
McBee discusses the development of her interest in politics, her election to the Georgia General Assembly, and the various committees on which she served. She specifically mentions topics such as the HOPE scholarship, vouchers, the Equal Rights Amendment, and No Child Left Behind. McBee discusses the education legislation she introduced in the General Assembly as well as her work on retirement legislation. She also discusses the importance of education in the home. She also talks about party politics, campaign finance, term limits, and female politicians in Georgia.