Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 091 Chuck ClayReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 091 Chuck Clay

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 091 Chuck Clay

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 091 Chuck Clay
Creator Clay, Charles C., 1950-
Dates 2009 November 17
Extent 1.0 interview
Repository Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
AbstractCharles C. “Chuck” Clay worked as assistant solicitor in Marietta. He went on to become district attorney, and then, in 1986, commissioner, for Cobb County. In 1988, Clay was elected to the Georgia State Senate as a Republican. After his election, Clay served as chairman of the Cobb County Legislative Delegation and minority leader. He went on to serve six terms in the senate. In 2000 he was chairman of the Georgia Republican Party during George W. Bush’s campaign for the presidency. Clay discusses his family history, the time he served in 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 091, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.


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Biographical Note

Charles C. “Chuck” Clay was born in Tampa, Florida, on December 23, 1950. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He received his law degree from the University of Georgia. Upon graduation, he went to work as assistant solicitor in Marietta. He went on to become district attorney, and then, in 1986, commissioner, for Cobb County. In 1988, Clay was elected to the Georgia State Senate as a Republican. After his election, Clay served as chairman of the Cobb County Legislative Delegation and minority leader. He went on to serve six terms in the senate. In 2000 he was chairman of the Georgia Republican Party during George W. Bush’s campaign for the presidency. He has served as a partner at the law firm of Brock Clay, LLC.


Scope and Content

Chuck Clay recalls his childhood growing up in a military family. He discusses several members of his family and their service in many American wars.

Clay explains why he decided to study law instead of pursuing a military career like his father and grandfather did. He recalls attending law school at the University of Georgia and subsequently applying for a job at the Solicitor’s Office in Marietta.

Clay recalls his decision to run for a commissioner seat in West Cobb in 1986. He discusses party politics in Georgia and recalls his impression of both Republicans and Democrats at that time. Clay also discusses the influence of the Voting Rights Act on both parties in Georgia.

Clay discusses his run for state senate in 1988. He recalls some lessons he learned as a legislator and the friendships he cultivated. Clay discusses his memory of Culver Kidd, Zell Miller, and Tom Murphy.

Clay recalls serving as the minority leader in the state Senate and discusses his work in that capacity.


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Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection

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Access Points

Georgia--General Assembly--Senate.
Kidd, Edwards Culver, Jr., 1914-1995
Murphy, Thomas Bailey, 1924-2007
Oral histories.
Politicians--Georgia.
Republican Party (Ga.)
United States. Voting Rights Act of 1965.
University of Georgia. School of Law.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
ROGP 091 Chuck Clay video ( 45.0 minutes ) VIEW ONLINE
 
ROGP 091 Chuck Clay transcript VIEW ONLINE