Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 108 Jane KiddReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 108 Jane Kidd

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 108 Jane Kidd

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 108 Jane Kidd
Creator Kidd, Jane Brevard Vandiver, 1953-
Dates 2010 February 25
Extent 1.0 interview
Repository Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
AbstractJane Brevard Vandiver Kidd was involved in politics early, serving as chair of Youth for Herman Talmadge in Talmadge’s 1968 Senate campaign, and campaigning for her father during his 1972 U.S. Senate campaign. She graduated from the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism in 1975, and in 1980 she won a seat on the Lavonia City Council, which she kept for three terms. In 1992 she was Don Johnson’s campaign manager in his successful run for congress, and served as Johnson’s district director. In 2004 Kidd was elected to the state house, serving for one term before mounting an unsuccessful bid for a state senate seat. In 2007 she was elected chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia. Kidd discusses her experience in legislature, some issues faced by Democrats in Georgia, and the political climate of the 2010 election year.

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


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Biographical Note

Jane Brevard Vandiver Kidd was born February 12, 1953. As the daughter of Georgia Governor S. Ernest Vandiver (1959-1963) and grand-niece of Senator Richard B. Russell, Jr., Kidd was involved in politics early, serving as chair of Youth for Herman Talmadge in Talmadge’s 1968 Senate campaign, and campaigning for her father during his 1972 U.S. Senate campaign. She graduated from the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism in 1975, and in 1980 she won a seat on the Lavonia City Council, which she kept for three terms. In 1992 she was Don Johnson’s campaign manager in his successful run for congress, and served as Johnson’s district director. In 2004 Kidd was elected to the state house, serving for one term before mounting an unsuccessful bid for a state senate seat. In 2007 she was elected chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia.


Scope and Content

Jane Kidd discusses the need of every political party for candidates, money, and organization. As chairperson of the Georgia Democratic Party, Kidd comments on her continued efforts in recruiting young Democrats and encouraging them to run for public office. Kidd recalls the difficulty of fundraising for a party that doesn't have a governor in power.

Kidd explains that the Obama campaign introduced many new young Democrats to the state and allowed older Democrats to learn from the younger ones. She describes the fundraising rules for campaigns and explains who the party answers to. Kidd recalls serving in the Lavonia City Council, running a congressional campaign, and serving as a state representative from 2005 to 2006. She comments on the party infighting and discusses the elements which caused Roy Barnes to lose the 2002 gubernatorial election.

Kidd discusses the importance of the census and the influence of the redistricting process on party politics in Georgia. She comments on the tendency of Democrats to have a reputation as liberals and the influence of race and labor unions on the state party. Kidd comments on the relationship between the Gerogia Democratic Party and the Democratic National Committee. She mentions that voter registration laws tend to alienate poorer voters and feels confident in electronic polling machines.


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Access Points

Apportionment (Election laws)--Georgia.
Democratic Party (Ga.)
Democratic Party of Georgia
Georgia--General Assembly--House of Representatives.
Obama, Barack
Oral histories.
Political campaigns--Georgia.
Political conventions--Georgia.
Politicians--Georgia.
Vandiver, S. Ernest (Samuel Ernest), 1918-2005.
Women legislators.
Women.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
ROGP 108 Jane Kidd video ( 60.0 minutes ) VIEW ONLINE
 
ROGP 108 Jane Kidd transcript VIEW ONLINE