Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 111 Carol JacksonReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 111 Carol Jackson

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 111 Carol Jackson

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 111 Carol Jackson
Creator Jackson, Carol.
Dates 2010 June 3
Extent 1.0 interview
Repository Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
AbstractSenator Carol Jackson, a Democrat from Cleveland, was elected to the state Senate from Georgia's 50th District in 1998. Lieutenant Governor Taylor has appointed Senator Jackson to serve as vice chair of the Corrections, Correctional Institutions, and Property Committee, and as secretary of the Agriculture Committee. She is a member of the Appropriations, Veterans and Consumer Affairs, and Ethics Committees. Senator Jackson came to the General Assembly after serving 14 years as Superior Court Clerk in White County. She served as president of the Superior Court Clerks Association of Georgia. Jackson discusses her experience in legislature, her struggles to be taken seriously because of her gender, 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 111, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.


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Biographical Note

Senator Carol Jackson, a Democrat from Cleveland, was elected to the state Senate from Georgia's 50th District in 1998. Lieutenant Governor Taylor has appointed Senator Jackson to serve as vice chair of the Corrections, Correctional Institutions, and Property Committee, and as secretary of the Agriculture Committee. She is a member of the Appropriations, Veterans and Consumer Affairs, and Ethics Committees. Senator Jackson came to the General Assembly after serving 14 years as Superior Court Clerk in White County. She served as president of the Superior Court Clerks Association of Georgia. Senator Jackson was born and reared in White County attending public schools and graduating magna cum laude from Truett McConnell College. She later attended North Georgia College majoring in business administration. She served on the Supreme Court Gender Bias Commission, the Supreme Court Commission on Equality in the Courts, and the National Association of Court Managers.


Scope and Content

Part 1: Carol Jackson reflects on her childhood in Cleveland, Georgia, and discusses her family's involvement with local politics. She recalls her first campaign for clerk of court, which she lost. Jackson recalls being successful in her second campaign for clerk of court and subsequently deciding to run for state Senate.

Jackson attributes her success in legislature to her experience with the County Officers Association and discusses her service in the Policy Committee, Corrections Committee, Appropriations Committee, and many others. She recalls her legislative work on water issues, correctional issues, and veterans affairs. Jackson discusses reapportionment and gerrymandering in Georgia and its influence on party politics in Georgia.

Jackson discusses her friendship with Sonny Perdue, her opinion of his party switch, and her decision to remain a Democrat. She recalls some of her work with drug legislation.

Part 2: Jackson recalls Speaker Tom Murphy's defeat and the changes in leadership that occurred in state leadership in 2004. She discusses party politics in Georgia and comments on issues of minorities, labor unions, and liberalism. Jackson comments on the existing parties in Georgia and discusses the potential success of minority parties such as the Tea Party. She explains the difficulties of running in Georgia as an independent.

Jackson reflects on considering running for Secretary of State and running for state Senate instead. She describes her 2006 campaign and loss and subsequently describes her return to working as a county manager. Jackson discusses the penal system and comments on the potential rehabilitation of those sentenced for drug charges.


Related Collections in this Repository

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection


Access Points

Apportionment (Election laws)--Georgia.
Democratic Party (Ga.)
Georgia--General Assembly--Senate.
Miller, Zell Bryan, 1932-
Murphy, Thomas Bailey, 1924-2007
Oral histories.
Perdue, Sonny, 1946-
Political campaigns--Georgia.
Politicians--Georgia.
Water resources development--Georgia.
Women.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
ROGP 111 Carol Jackson video, Part 1 ( 35.0 minutes ) VIEW ONLINE
 
ROGP 111 Carol Jackson video, Part 2 ( 38.0 minutes ) VIEW ONLINE