Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 101 Dan EbersoleReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 101 Dan Ebersole

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 101 Dan Ebersole

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 101 Dan Ebersole
Creator Ebersole, W. Daniel.
Dates 2010 February 1
Extent 1.0 interview
Repository Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
AbstractW. Daniel Ebersole moved to Atlanta in 1974 to work as a volunteer aide to Atlanta city council member Charles Helms. He worked on Zell Miller’s campaigns for lieutenant governor and U.S. Senate against Senator Herman Talmadge in 1980. From 1980-1990 he was a policy analyst and director of the Georgia Senate Research Office. In the 1990’s he was deputy director of the Office of Planning and Budget and Senior Executive Assistant to Governor Zell Miller. Ebersole has also been the commissioner of the Georgia Merit System. From 1997-2010 he was the director of the Georgia Office of Treasury and Fiscal Services. Ebersole discusses his friendship with Zell Miller, his time working for state government, 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 101, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.


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Biographical Note

W. Daniel Ebersole was born in Pennsylvania. In 1974 he moved to Atlanta to work as a volunteer aide to Atlanta city council member, Charles Helms. Through Helms he met Zell Miller, with whom he would have a long relationship. He worked on Miller’s campaigns for lieutenant governor and U.S. Senate against Senator Herman Talmadge in 1980. From 1980-1990 he was a policy analyst and director of the Georgia Senate Research Office. In the 1990s he was deputy director of the Office of Planning and Budget and Senior Executive Assistant to Governor Zell Miller. Ebersole has also been the commissioner of the Georgia Merit System. From 1997-2010 he was the director of the Georgia Office of Treasury and Fiscal Services.


Scope and Content

Dan Ebersole discusses his early life in Pennsylvania and his move to Atlanta, Georgia. He recalls working with Charles Helms, Tom Houck, and Zell Miller. Ebersole recalls being appointed Director of the Senate Research office as well as working on Zell Miller's 1980 Senate campaign.

Ebersole comments on Miller's change in rules and committees and Miller's relationship with Speaker Tom Murphy. He recalls his friendships with Hank Huckaby, Culver Kidd, and Tom Allgood. Ebersole notes Zell Miller's career-long commitment to education and his dedication to keeping the state budget lean.

Ebersole comments on Miller's ability to pass bills and promote tax cuts. He recalls Miller's work with the lottery and Miller's relationship with Denmark Groover. Ebersole recalls the Miller's goal of establishing the food tax exemption, the HOPE Scholarship, and Preservation 2000. He discusses his opinion of party politics in Georgia and his wife Sarah's work as a press secretary for Miller while he was lieutenant governor.

Ebersole discusses his work in the Merit System and the State Office of Treasury and Fiscal Services.


Related Collections in this Repository

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection


Access Points

Budget--Georgia.
Georgia's HOPE Scholarship Program.
Georgia--General Assembly--Senate.
Groover, Denmark, 1922-2001
Houck, Thomas, 1947-
Kidd, Edwards Culver, Jr., 1914-1995
Lotteries--Georgia.
Miller, Zell Bryan, 1932-
Murphy, Thomas Bailey, 1924-2007
Oral histories.
Political campaigns--1970-1980.
Political campaigns--Georgia.
Political campaigns--United States--Georgia.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
ROGP 101 Dan Ebersole video ( 78.0 minutes ) VIEW ONLINE
 
ROGP 101 Dan Ebersole transcript VIEW ONLINE