Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 065 Jim MartinReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 065 Jim Martin

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 065 Jim Martin

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 065 Jim Martin
Creator Martin, James Francis (Jim), 1945-
Dates 2009 January 21
Extent 1.0 interview
Repository Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
AbstractJames Francis “Jim” Martin drafted legislation as part of the legislative council before joining Legal Aid, an organization representing low income families. In 1983, he ran for office, and was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives as a progressive Democrat. He served as a chairman of numerous committees, including Human Services Subcommittee for Appropriations, MARTOC, Ethics, and Judiciary. In 2001, he left the legislature and was appointed commissioner of the Georgia Department of Human Resources by Governor Roy Barnes. From 2004 to 2005, he served as chief legal officer of the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council. In 2006, he ran an unsuccessful campaign for lieutenant governor. He then helped develop the Master’s Program in Public Policy at the Georgia State University Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. In 2008, he ran for U.S. Senate against incumbent Saxby Chambliss, and was defeated in a runoff. Martin discusses his political campaigns, his committee work, and his passion for working with the underrepresented.

Administrative Information

Custodial History note

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.

Preferred citation

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 065, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.


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Biographical Note

James Francis “Jim” Martin was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on August 22, 1945. He attended the University of Georgia, where he served in ROTC and was elected freshman class president. He served in Vietnam in the U.S. Army. Upon his return from the war, he earned a bachelor’s degree and two law degrees from the University of Georgia. After graduation, he obtained work drafting legislation in the legislative council. He then worked for Legal Aid, representing low income families. In 1983, he ran for office, and was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives as a progressive Democrat. He served as a chairman of numerous committees, including Human Services Subcommittee for Appropriations, MARTOC, Ethics, and Judiciary. In 2001, he left the legislature and was appointed commissioner of the Georgia Department of Human Resources by Governor Roy Barnes. There, he worked to improve hospital conditions for the mentally disabled. From 2004 to 2005, he served as chief legal officer of the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council. In 2006, he ran an unsuccessful campaign for lieutenant governor. He then helped develop the Master’s Program in Public Policy at the Georgia State University Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. In 2008, he ran for U.S. Senate against incumbent Saxby Chambliss, and was defeated in a runoff.


Scope and Content

Martin discusses his childhood in Atlanta and his first political race when he ran for president of the freshman class of the University of Georgia. He recalls serving in Vietnam as a military intelligence officer.

Martin recalls working in legislative council and subsequently working for Legal Aid, a program helping represent the voice low income citizens in legislature. He also mentions starting his own law practice in Atlanta.

Martin discusses his campaign for state legislature in 1983 and his subsequent victory in a run-off. He mentions serving on the Appropriations Committee and serving as Chairman of several committees, including the Human Services Subcommittee for Appropriations, House Judiciary Committee, Ethics Committee and MARTOC Committee.

Martin recalls his experiences with Tom Murphy, Zell Miller, Robert Harris, Sidney Marcus, Grace Hamilton, Georgiana Sinkfield, Larry Walker, and Jim Tysinger. He discusses the controversial nature of the incorporation of Sandy Springs.

Martin describes working as Commissioner of Georgia Department of Human Resources, including the financial strains that resulted from 9/11 and his concern upon Governor Purdue's election.

Martin recalls working on the new Georgia Public Defender Standards Council as the Chief Legal Officer after leaving the Department of Human Resources and his subsequent campaign for Lieutenant Governor. He also extensively discusses his campaign for United States Senate.


Related Collections in this Repository

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection

James F. (Jim) Martin Papers


Access Points

Barnes, Roy E. (Roy Eugene), 1948-
Georgia--Executive departments.
Georgia--General Assembly--House of Representatives.
Georgia. General Assembly--Appropriations and expenditures.
Georgia. Office of the Lieutenant Governor.
Miller, Zell Bryan, 1932-
Murphy, Thomas Bailey, 1924-2007
Oral histories.
Perdue, Sonny, 1946-
Political campaigns--United States--Georgia.
Politicians--Georgia.
United States--Congress--Senate.
University of Georgia
University of Georgia.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975.
Walker, Larry, 1942-

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
ROGP 065 Jim Martin video ( 79.0 minutes ) VIEW ONLINE
 
ROGP 065 Jim Martin transcript VIEW ONLINE