Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 073 DuBose PorterReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 073 DuBose Porter

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 073 DuBose Porter

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 073 DuBose Porter
Creator Porter, DuBose, 1953-
Dates 2009 February 24
Extent 1.0 interview
Repository Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
AbstractDuBose Porter ran a successful campaign as a Democrat for the Georgia House of Representatives, in 1982. In 1987, Porter and Griffin Lovett bought Dublin’s daily newspaper, The Courier Herald. Porter oversees the business and publishing aspect of the paper. In 1991 and 1992, he served as Governor Miller’s administration floor leader in the legislature. In 2003, he was elected speaker pro tempore in the Georgia House of Representatives. In 2005, he was elected leader of the Democratic Caucus of the House of Representatives. He served on numerous committees, including Appropriations, Agriculture & Consumer Affairs, Ethics, and Rules. He served as a member of Governor Miller’s Preservation 2000 Committee, and as Chairman of Education and Higher Education. Porter disusses the newspaper business, his time in the legislature, 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 073, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.


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Biographical Note

DuBose Porter was born October 2, 1953, in Dublin, Georgia. He attended Davidson College and received a bachelor’s degree in English. He interned in Washington, D.C., with Senator Sam Nunn, and went on to receive his law degree from the Cumberland Law School at Samford University. He returned home to Dublin and founded the law firm of Nelson & Porter. In 1982, he ran a successful campaign as a Democrat for the Georgia House of Representatives. In 1987, Porter and Griffin Lovett bought Dublin’s daily newspaper, The Courier Herald. Porter oversees the business and publishing aspect of the paper. He and Lovett went on to purchase various other papers, including The Soperton News, The Johnson Journal, and The Baldwin Bulletin. In 1991 and 1992, he served as Governor Miller’s administration floor leader in the legislature. In 2003, he was elected speaker pro tempore in the Georgia House of Representatives. In 2005, he was elected leader of the Democratic Caucus of the House of Representatives. He served on numerous committees, including Appropriations, Agriculture & Consumer Affairs, Ethics, and Rules. He served as a member of Governor Miller’s Preservation 2000 Committee, and as Chairman of Education and Higher Education. In 2010 he ran an unsuccessful campaign for governor of Georgia.


Scope and Content

Dubose Porter discusses his childhood in Dublin, his education at Davidson and Mercer Law and working on Wash Larsen's congressional campaign.

Porter recalls his work in the newspaper business and discusses his purchase of The Courier Herald with Griffin Lovett in 1987. He discusses the effect of the internet on the local daily newspaper.

Porter discusses his first political race and his impression of the legislature upon his arrival in 1983. He recalls the expansion of Georgia under Governor Joe Frank Harris and his appointment as floor leader under Governor Zell Miller. Porter recalls being mentored by Hugh Gillis and Pete Phillips. He discusses Georgia's political situation regarding education, transportation, taxes, and industrial development. Porter discusses the difficulty of passing the bill to create the lottery, the influence of No Child Left Behind on Georgia's quality of education, and the innovative nature of charter schools.

Porter recalls running for Speaker against Tom Murphy and explains the green door behind which the Budget Committee made decisions. He also discusses how the legislature usually passes the budget on the last day of session.

Porter discusses emerging partisanship in Georgia, specifically mentioning party-switching and the transition from a Democratic to a Republican General Assembly. He discusses the image of the Georgia Democratic Party and favors non-partisan voting.


Related Collections in this Repository

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection

Georgia House of Representatives Communications Office Records


Access Points

Budget--Georgia.
Democratic Party (Ga.)
Education--Georgia.
Georgia--General Assembly--House of Representatives.
Gillis, Hugh, 1918-
Miller, Zell Bryan, 1932-
Murphy, Thomas Bailey, 1924-2007
Newspapers
Oral histories.
Politicians--Georgia.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
ROGP 073 DuBose Porter video ( 59.0 minutes ) VIEW ONLINE
 
ROGP 073 DuBose Porter transcript VIEW ONLINE