Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 097 Chuck ClayReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 097 Chuck Clay

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 097 Chuck Clay

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 097 Chuck Clay
Creator Clay, Charles C., 1950-
Dates 2009 December 16
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 legislative history, the outlook for the Republican Party in Georgia, and current events such as the War on Terror and the Obama administration.

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 097, 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 discusses his twelve years in the Georgia State Senate and explains the legislation the Republicans undertook. He discusses some legislation he spearheaded such as lowering DUI limits, curbing spousal abuse in front of children, and expanding river protection and conservation.

Clay comments on the emerging Republican politician group that existed during his campaign for lieutenant governor and also on other Republican trends in Georgia during the late 20th century. He recalls being elected minority leader in 1996 and comments on his time in that position. Clay discusses his campaign platform and strategies while planning subsequent campaigns for Republican candidates.

Clay extensively discusses the culture and aspirations of the Republican party in Georgia. Clay explains his family's relationship with aviation, Lockheed, Rickenbacker Field, and Dobbins Air Force Base. He discusses his work as president of Insider Advantage and producing a monthly political magazine. Clay comments on the war on terror, the Obama administration, and the Republican approach to minorities. He also discusses reapportionment and election politics.


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Access Points

Apportionment (Election laws)--Georgia.
Dobbins Air Force Base (Ga.)
Georgia--General Assembly--Senate.
Georgia. Office of the Lieutenant Governor.
Lawyers--Georgia.
Lockheed Corporation.
Obama, Barack
Oral histories.
Political campaigns--Georgia.
Politicians--Georgia.
Republican Party (Ga.)
Rivers--Georgia.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
ROGP 097 Chuck Clay video ( 65.0 minutes ) VIEW ONLINE
 
ROGP 097 Chuck Clay transcript VIEW ONLINE