Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 067 George HooksReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 067 George Hooks

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 067 George Hooks

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 067 George Hooks
Creator Hooks, George, 1945-
Dates 2009 January 27
Extent 1.0 interview
Repository Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
AbstractGeorge Hooks was elected as a Democrat to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1980. Under Governor Joe Frank Harris, he served as the assistant administration floor leader. He served five terms in the house, and was elected to the Georgia State Senate in 1991. Hooks was appointed chairman of the Rules Committee, and then chairman of the Appropriations Committee. Hooks has also worked on many standing committees, including the Senate-House Budgetary Responsibility Committee, the Senate-House Legislative Services Committee, and the Reapportionment Committee. Hooks discusses his time in the Georgia House and Senate, flag and reapportionment issues, and party politics in Georgia.

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 067, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.


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Biographical Note

George Hooks was born May 9, 1945 in Sumter County, Georgia. He graduated from Auburn University, and holds an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Mercer University. In 1980, he was elected as a Democrat to the Georgia House of Representatives. Under Governor Joe Frank Harris, he served as the assistant administration floor leader. He served five terms in the house, and was elected to the Georgia State Senate in 1991. Hooks was appointed chairman of the Rules Committee, and then chairman of the Appropriations Committee. Hooks has also worked on many standing committees, including the Senate-House Budgetary Responsibility Committee, the Senate-House Legislative Services Committee, and the Reapportionment Committee.


Scope and Content

George Hooks discusses his childhood in Sumter County, Georgia and his experience building a camp for underprivileged youth after graduating from Auburn. He explains how he became interested in politics while campaigning for Marvin Griffin in 1962.

Hooks recalls running for a seat in the Georgia House of Representatives in 1980 and discusses his time as a freshman legislator. He comments on being Governor Joe Frank Harris' floor leader and his subsequent appointment as Chairman of the Rules Committee. Hooks discusses Governor Busbee's administration and his experiences with Speaker Tom Murphy. Hooks weighs in on Governor Harris' Quality Basic Education program and its continued impact on the state.

Hooks discusses his decision to run for a seat in the Georgia Senate. He recalls his work with the Georgia flag legislation and as the Chairman of the Appropriations Committee. He also comments on the process of drafting the budget. Hooks discusses the tumultuous nature of serving on the Reapportionment Committee and comments on the previous county unit system.

Hooks also discusses Denmark Groover, Al Burruss, Joe Frank Harris, Zell Miller, Roy Barnes, Hugh Gillis, and Sonny Perdue.

Hooks discusses emerging partisanism and Democratic Party politics in Georgia. He mentions his friendship with Jimmy Carter and his family.


Related Collections in this Repository

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection

Georgia House of Representatives Communications Office Records


Access Points

Barnes, Roy E. (Roy Eugene), 1948-
Budget--Georgia.
Busbee, George, 1927-2004
Carter, Jimmy, 1924-
Democratic Party (Ga.)
Education--Georgia.
Georgia--General Assembly--House of Representatives.
Georgia--General Assembly--Senate.
Georgia--General Assembly.
Georgia. General Assembly--Appropriations and expenditures.
Gillis, Hugh, 1918-
Griffin, S. Marvin, 1907-1982.
Harris, Joe Frank, 1936-
Murphy, Thomas Bailey, 1924-2007
Oral histories.
Political campaigns--United States--Georgia.
Politicians--Georgia.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
ROGP 067 George Hooks video ( 58.0 minutes ) VIEW ONLINE
 
ROGP 067 George Hooks transcript VIEW ONLINE