Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 105 Cynthia WrightReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 105 Cynthia Wright

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 105 Cynthia Wright

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 105 Cynthia Wright
Creator Wright, Cynthia Diane, 1954-
Dates 2010 Feburary 17
Extent 1.0 interview
Repository Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
AbstractCynthia Diane Wright served as a research associate with the University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute of Government. She also served as corporate counsel to the Georgia Housing and Finance Authority and was assistant legal counsel to Governor George Busbee from 1978-1980. Wright served as chief legal counsel to Governor Zell Miller during his first term, from 1991-1995. During that time, she authored the legislation and constitutional amendment which established the Lottery for Education. She served as a judge of the State Court of Fulton County. In 1996, Gov. Miller appointed her to a judgeship on the Superior Court of Fulton County. Wright discusses her early life, her work under Governors Busbee and Miller, and explains the state of Georgia's judiciary.

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


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Biographical Note

Cynthia Diane Wright was born June 8, 1954, in Tallahassee, Florida. She graduated magna cum laude from Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, in 1974 and received her juris doctorate in law from the University of Georgia in 1977. As a law student, she pursued her interest in politics, public policy, and law by interning with U.S. Senator Sam Nunn from Georgia. After graduating from law school, Judge Wright served as a research associate with the University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute of Government. She also practiced law as an associate with the law firm of Troutman Sanders and as a partner in the law firm of Corlew, Smith and Wright. She served as corporate counsel to the Georgia Housing and Finance Authority and was assistant legal counsel to Governor George Busbee from 1978-1980. She also served as chief legal counsel to Governor Zell Miller during his first term, from 1991-1995. During that time, she authored the legislation and constitutional amendment which established the Lottery for Education. She served as a Judge of the State Court of Fulton County. In 1996, Gov. Miller appointed her as Judge of the Superior Court of Fulton County where she currently serves as Chief Judge.


Scope and Content

Cynthia Wright discusses being born in Tallahassee, Florida, and moving to Macon, Georgia, before attending Wesleyan College and subsequently the University of Georgia Law School.

Wright recalls interning for Senator Sam Nunn in Washington, D.C. and knocking on doors as part of the Peanut Brigade set on electing Jimmy Carter for president. She discusses working at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government upon graduating from law school and explains how she came to be assistant council for Governor Busbee. She recalls the Busbee administration and Governor Busbee's interest in trade missions.

Wright reflects on first meeting Zell Miller and comments on his reputation and personality. As part-author of the lottery legislation, Wright discusses the process through which the Miller administration passed the bill. Wright recalls her drive to set up the lottery agency as a corporation and Governor Miller's insistence that the lottery profits should specifically be spent on education.

Wright comments on Governor Miller's decision to run for a second term and on her subsequent appointment to state court of Fulton County. She discusses Governor Miller's dedication to diversifying the representation of judges in Georgia by appointing more women and minorities to judgeships. Wright comments on the Missouri plan and the state of the judiciary in Georgia.


Related Collections in this Repository

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection


Access Points

Busbee, George, 1927-2004
Carl Vinson Institute of Government.
Georgia's HOPE Scholarship Program.
Judges--Georgia--Election.
Judges--Selection and appointment--United States.
Lotteries--Georgia.
Miller, Zell Bryan, 1932-
Nunn, Samuel Augustus, 1938-
Oral histories.
Political campaigns--United States.
University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute of Government
University of Georgia. School of Law.
Women.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
ROGP 105 Cynthia Wright video ( 28.0 minutes ) VIEW ONLINE
 
ROGP 105 Cynthia Wright transcript VIEW ONLINE