Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 113 Wayne GarnerReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 113 Wayne Garner

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 113 Wayne Garner

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 113 Wayne Garner
Creator Garner, Wayne
Dates 2010 June 16
Extent 1.0 interview
Repository Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
AbstractWayne Garner served in the Georgia State Senate from 1980 until 1993. Garner chaired the Senate Committee on Corrections for approximately ten years. He was later named majority leader of the Senate and, ultimately, President Pro Tempore. In April of 1993, Garner was appointed to the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole by then-Governor Zell Miller, where he served as Chairman. In December of 1995, Governor Miller named Garner to the position of Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Corrections, where he served for approximately five years. Garner discusses his early life in Georgia, his time in the legislature, and his friendship with many prominent Georgians.

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


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Biographical Note

Wayne Garner has lived all of his life in Georgia. He graduated from Douglas County High School and attended West Georgia College.

Garner served in the Georgia State Senate from 1980 until 1993. Garner chaired the Senate Committee on Corrections for approximately ten years. He was later named majority leader of the Senate and, ultimately, President Pro Tempore. In April of 1993, Garner was appointed to the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole by then Governor Zell Miller, where he served as Chairman. In December of 1995, Governor Miller named Garner to the position of Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Corrections, where he served for approximately five years. Garner is now President of the Garner Group, a governmental affairs firm located in Carrollton, Georgia, which conducts business in Georgia, Alabama, and Washington, D.C.

Wayne Garner ran unopposed for mayor of Carrollton, Georgia, in November 2007 and 2011 and was re-elected to two additional terms.


Scope and Content

Part 1: Wayne Garner recalls his childhood in Douglasville, Ga. He discusses working in a funeral home before attending West Georgia College. After college, Garner recalls later buying that funeral home, marrying his wife, and helping in Jimmy Carter's presidential campaign.

Garner recalls his first campaign for state senate, which was successful. He discusses arriving at the capitol for swearing in and being assigned to Culver Kidd's Governmental Operations Committee. Garner comments on his friendship with Culver Kidd. He recalls his work with the Gang of Five, a group of young legislators who introduced many bills regarding campaign finance and the issues the Gang ran into with Hugh Gillis. Garner recalls working under Governors Busbee, Harris, Miller, and Barnes.

Part 2: Garner discusses his friendship with Zell Miller and comments on Miller's flag legislation. After serving in the state senate, Garner discusses his work on the parole board and his work on Governor Miller's campaign. Garner discusses Speaker Murphy's rivalry with Zell Miller. He discusses his attempted campaign for lieutenant governor in 1990 and weighs in on party politics in Georgia. Garner discusses campaign finance, his political regrets, and his proudest accomplishments in legislature.


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Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection


Access Points

Barnes, Roy E. (Roy Eugene), 1948-
Busbee, George, 1927-2004
Democratic Party (Ga.)
Georgia. General Assembly. Senate.
Georgia. Office of the Lieutenant Governor.
Gillis, Hugh, 1918-
Harris, Joe Frank, 1936-
Kidd, Edwards Culver, Jr., 1914-1995
Mayors--Georgia.
Miller, Zell Bryan, 1932-
Murphy, Thomas Bailey, 1924-2007
Oral histories.
Political campaigns--Georgia.
Politicians--Georgia.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
ROGP 113 Wayne Garner video, Part 1 ( 31.0 minutes ) VIEW ONLINE
 
ROGP 113 Wayne Garner video, Part 2 ( 43.0 minutes ) VIEW ONLINE