Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 077 Lewis MasseyReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 077 Lewis Massey

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 077 Lewis Massey

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 077 Lewis Massey
Creator Massey, Lewis A., 1962-
Dates 2009 April 16
Extent 1.0 interview
Repository Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
AbstractLewis Massey helped Joe Frank Harris campaign for governor. In 1990, he went to work with Pierre Howard’s campaign for lieutenant governor. Howard was elected, and Massey was appointed Chief of Staff. In 1994, he successfully managed Howard's campaign for reelection. Governor Zell Miller appointed Massey to the position of Georgia Secretary of State upon Max Cleland’s resignation. In 1996, Massey won a successful reelection campaign. As Secretary of State, he devised bills to stop telemarketing fraud, and to pass the first Voter ID law. In 1998, he campaigned for governor, but came second to Roy Barnes. Massey discusses his work on several political campaigns, his time as Secretary of State, and comments on 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 077, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.


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Biographical Note

Lewis Massey was born in Gainesville, Georgia, in 1962. The son of Abit Massey, director of the Georgia Poultry Federation, Lewis grew up in politics. He majored in finance at the University of Georgia, and was active in student government. He was a driver for the first African-American Chief Justice in Georgia, Robert Benham. Upon graduation, he worked with a financial planning company, and then helped Joe Frank Harris campaign for governor. In 1990, he went to work with Pierre Howard’s campaign for lieutenant governor. Howard was elected, and Massey was appointed Chief of Staff. In 1994, he successfully managed Howard's campaign for reelection. Governor Zell Miller appointed Massey to the position of Georgia Secretary of State upon Max Cleland’s resignation. In 1996, Massey won a successful reelection campaign. As Secretary of State, he devised bills to stop telemarketing fraud, and to pass the first Voter ID law. In 1998, he campaigned for governor, but came second to Roy Barnes.


Scope and Content

Lewis Massey discusses his childhood growing up in Gainesville and as the son of Abit Massey, Director of the Georgia Poultry Federation. He discusses his experience with student government during his time at the University of Georgia.

Massey recalls his volunteer work on campaigns for Bobby Lawsom and Joe Wood. He mentions his first paid campaign position as a driver for Robert Benham and his friendship with Joe Frank Harris. Massey discusses working on Joe Frank Harris's gubernatorial campaign and subsequently in his administration. He mentions Governor Harris's work with Quality Basic Education.

Massey discusses his experience helping to bring the Olympics to Georgia and his work as Pierre Howard's campaign manager and subsequent Chief of Staff. He recalls his friendship with Culver Kidd and explains Kidd's nickname for him, "Possum".

Massey explains how he was appointed Secretary of State and recalls his work in that position, including establishing a website on the emerging internet, his efforts to curtail telemarketing abuse, and establishing safeguards for the payment of child support. He also discusses voter identification legislation and the quality of Georgia's voting system.

Massey discusses his campaign for Governor against Roy Barnes. He also comments on party politics in Georgia.


Related Collections in this Repository

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 131 Abit Massey


Access Points

Barnes, Roy E. (Roy Eugene), 1948-
Election law--Georgia.
Elections--Georgia.
Georgia--Governors.
Harris, Joe Frank, 1936-
Howard, Pierre, 1943-
Kidd, Edwards Culver, Jr., 1914-1995
Miller, Zell Bryan, 1932-
Olympic Games (26th : 1996 : Atlanta, Ga.)
Oral histories.
Political campaigns--United States--Georgia.
Politicians--Georgia.
University of Georgia.
Voting.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
ROGP 077 Lewis Massey video ( 53.0 minutes ) VIEW ONLINE
 
ROGP 077 Lewis Massey transcript VIEW ONLINE