|Title:||Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 100 Peter Banks|
|Creator||Banks, Peter Louis, 1938-|
|Dates||2010 January 29|
|Repository||Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies|
|Abstract||Peter Louis Banks worked as a congressional intern for U.S. Representative John James Flynt, Jr., from Georgia during law school. After graduating from law school, he worked as an attorney for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. He was elected to the Georgia Senate as a Democrat in 1974 and served for four years. In 1978 he ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Congress, losing in the Democratic primary to Virginia Shapard. He was elected mayor of Barnesville, Georgia, in 2007. Banks discusses his time as a congressional intern, his time in the Georgia legislature, and party politics in Georgia.|
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.
Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 100, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.
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Peter Louis Banks was born in Barnesville, Lamar Co., Georgia, on August 12, 1938. He graduated from Gordon Military College in 1958 and in 1963 graduated with a law degree from the University of Georgia. While earning his law degree he worked as a congressional intern for U.S. Representative John James Flynt, Jr. from Georgia. After graduating from law school, he worked as an attorney for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. He was elected to the Georgia Senate as a Democrat in 1974 and served for four years. In 1978 he ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Congress, losing in the Democratic primary to Virginia Shapard. He was elected mayor of Barnesville, Georgia, in 2007.
Peter Banks discusses his early life in Barnesville, Georgia, during World War II. He recalls attending Gordon Military High School and the University of Georgia law school. Banks discusses his work for Jack Flynt as a legislative intern in Washington, D.C. He recalls working with Senator Richard B. Russell and state senator Paul Broun.
Banks explains his duties in Representative Jack Flynt's office and recalls the constituent services he performed. He recalls working with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Atlanta Gas Light Company. Banks discusses his campaign for Georgia Senate in 1974. He discusses reapportionment, his committee appointments, and the influence of Zell Miller's decision to create a committee on committees. Banks reflects on the relationship between Miller and Speaker Tom Murphy, balancing the budget, and the nonpartisan state of the senate. He discusses his friendship with Hugh Gillis, Roy Barnes, and Pierre Howard.
Banks reflects on his decision to run for Congress in 1978 and recalls some strategies of his unsuccessful campaign. He comments on the public's perception of lobbyists and their actions and the importance of ethics laws. Banks comments on party politics in Georgia and his time as Mayor of Barnesville.