|Title:||Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 116 Kathy Ashe|
|Dates||2010 July 14|
|Repository||Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies|
|Abstract||Kathy Blee Ashe was first elected to the Georgia General Assembly House of Representatives in June of 1991. As a member of the Georgia House of Representatives for House District 56, Ashe served on the Education, Children and Youth, Higher Education, and Appropriations committees. She has also served on the Appropriations K-12 Education Subcommittee. She has been the Chair of the Fulton County House Delegation and active in the Women’s Caucus. Ashe discusses her time in the legislature, the issues she championed, and the state of party politics in Georgia.|
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.
Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 116, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.
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Kathy Blee Ashe was first elected to the Georgia General Assembly House of Representatives in June of 1991. As a member of the Georgia House of Representatives for House District 56, Ashe served on the Education, Children and Youth, Higher Education, and Appropriations committees. She has also served on the Appropriations K-12 Education Subcommittee. She has been the Chair of the Fulton County House Delegation and active in the Women’s Caucus.
Representative Ashe received her elementary and high school education in the public schools of Tallahassee, Florida. In 1968, she graduated from Agnes Scott College. She then earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from Emory University and did further graduate work at Georgia State University. She taught in the Marietta and Cobb County public schools from 1969 to 1977.
Representative Ashe has served on the Boards of the Southeast Region of the Anti-Defamation League, Georgia Appleseed, Sisters By Choice, Junior League of Atlanta Advisory Board, Georgia Justice Project Advisory Board and the Georgia Tech Research Institute. She has been a member of the Education Commission of the States, Weed & Seed, and the Pittsburgh Blueprint steering committees. Kathy serves on the State Bar of Georgia Disciplinary Rules & Procedures Committee and Professionalism Committee. She has been an active member of Central Presbyterian Church where she has served as an Elder.
Representative Ashe has been married to Lawrence Ashe, an attorney, since 1972.
Part 1: Kathy Ashe discusses her childhood in Tallahassee, Florida, before moving to Atlanta to attend Agnes Scott and subsequently Emory University. She describes the origin of her interest in teaching children to read which caused her to return to Georgia State University for research.
Ashe recalls working for several years before staying at home with her children and joining the Junior League and League of Women Voters. She recalls lobbying for seat belt legislation and meeting Kil Townsend and Paul Coverdell. Ashe recalls working as an aide for Townsend in the Capitol and running for John Lupton's vacant seat. She discusses her first campaign and subsequent reapportionments of her district.
Ashe reflects on her decision to change from being a Republican to a Democrat in 2001. She comments on party politics in Georgia and the results of the Republican's takeover of the state legislature. Ashe recalls her working relationship with Speaker Tom Murphy and reflects on the first time she met him. She comments on the economic problems faced by Georgia and discusses her role on the Appropriations Committee.
Part 2: Ashe comments on issues in education from education standards, merit-based teacher pay, and vouchers. She discusses the merits of charter schools, home schooling, and the threat of HOPE funds running out. Ashe discusses her early flag change legislation, gender legislation, and incarceration legislation. She comments on issues of transportation, the water wars, and immigration.
Ashe discusses her perception of party politics in Georgia and comments on the growing Tea Party movement in the Republican Party. She discusses her work with the Women's Caucus.