Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 081 Steve WrigleyReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 081 Steve Wrigley

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 081 Steve Wrigley

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 081 Steve Wrigley
Creator Wrigley, Steven Wayne.
Dates 2009 May 20
Extent 1.0 interview
Repository Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
AbstractSteve W. Wrigley worked as a senior policy analyst for the Georgia State Senate in 1987 and advised Senator Zell Miller on the Mountain Protection Act. When Miller was elected lieutenant governor, Wrigley served as his executive assistant. From 1993 to 1998, he served as chief of staff for Governor Miller. In 1998, he joined the University of Georgia system, becoming the first director of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government’s International Center for Democratic Governance. In 2000, he was named UGA’s vice president for government relations, overseeing connections between UGA and federal, state, and local government. In 2002, Wrigley was appointed interim vice president for external affairs, and later permanent vice president. Wrigley returned to his former position as director of the Vinson Institute in 2006. Wrigley discusses Zell Miller's personal as well as political life and Miller's approch to fellow politicians and his legislative agenda.

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


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Biographical Note

Steve W. Wrigley was born in Kansas and moved to Atlanta at a young age. He earned his undergraduate degree from Georgia State University and his masters and doctorate degrees from Northwestern University. In 1987, Wrigley worked as a senior policy analyst for the Georgia State Senate, and advised Senator Zell Miller on the Mountain Protection Act. When Miller was elected lieutenant governor, Wrigley served as his executive assistant. From 1993 to 1998, he served as chief of staff for Governor Miller. Wrigley worked on many issues under Miller, including the HOPE Scholarship, pre-kindergarten programs, and the Georgia Research Alliance. In 1998, he joined the University of Georgia system, becoming the first director of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government’s International Center for Democratic Governance. As director, he helped to develop training programs in several countries. In 2000, he was named UGA’s vice president for government relations, overseeing connections between UGA and federal, state, and local government. In 2002, Wrigley was appointed interim vice president for external affairs, and later permanent vice president. Wrigley returned to his former position as director of the Vinson Institute in 2006.


Scope and Content

Steve Wrigley discusses his childhood in Cobb and Douglas counties and dicusses his positions at the University of Georgia, including being the VP of Government Relations and directing the Carl Vinson Institute.

Wrigley recalls meeting Zell Miller through a legislative internship, later working in senate research, and helping Miller research the Mountain Protection Act. He explains how he became Miller's executive assistant.

Wrigley discusses Miller's resiliency after several failed campaigns for Congress and his interest in education reform. He comments on Miller's tumultuous relationship with Speaker of the House Tom Murphy and Miller's personality when not in the spotlight. Wrigley discusses Miller's sense of humor and introspective tendencies. He also mentions Miller's relationships with Governors Sanders, Busbee, and Harris.

Wrigley comments on Miller's 1990 campaign for Governor and his relationship with James Carville and Paul Begala. He also recalls the financial aspects of running for Governor and the decision to run on a pro-lottery platform. Wrigley comments on the demographics of the results of the 1990 race.

Wrigley discusses Miller's legislative plans after his election and how Miller handled budgetary shortfalls. He also discusses the Williams Commission, appointed by Miller to research monetary mismanagement. Wrigley describes the inception of the HOPE Scholarship program and Miller's interaction with the new flag issue.

Wrigley recalls the nature of Miller's relationship with Bill Clinton, the Contract with America, and judicial appointments. He also discusses Miller's 1994 campaign for reelection and Miller's time in the U.S. Senate.


Related Collections in this Repository

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection

Zell Miller Papers, Series IV. Governor of Georgia, Subseries C: Personal Assistants

Zell Miller Papers, Series VI: Photographs


Access Points

Barnes, Roy E. (Roy Eugene), 1948-
Carl Vinson Institute of Government.
Clinton, Bill, 1946-
Education--Georgia.
Educational law and legislation.
Georgia's HOPE Scholarship Program.
Georgia--General Assembly--Senate.
Georgia--State Board of Education.
Judges--Selection and appointment--United States.
Lotteries--Georgia.
Miller, Zell Bryan, 1932-
Murphy, Thomas Bailey, 1924-2007
Olympics.
Oral histories.
Politicians--Georgia.
University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute of Government
University of Georgia.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
ROGP 081 Steve Wrigley video ( 99.0 minutes ) VIEW ONLINE
 
ROGP 081 Steve Wrigley transcript VIEW ONLINE