|Title:||Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 145 Billy Lovett|
|Dates||2012 November 7|
|Repository||Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies|
|Abstract||Billy Lovett is a former Lawrence County Comissioner, member of the State Public Service Commission, candidate for Governor, and businessmen in Atlanta. Lovett discusses hsi work in the Public Service Commissioner, his campaign for Governor, and the role 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 145, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.
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Billy Lovett is a former Laurens County Comissioner, member of the State Public Service Commission, candidate for Governor, and businessmen in Atlanta.
Billy Lovett discusses Lovett family history, his early political life, and his work in the Public Service Commission. He recalls a situation where the emergency fund came into use. Lovett discusses coal and nuclear plants and Georgia's development of its energy resources.
Lovett recalls his unsuccessful 1982 campaign for governor and his return to the Public Service Commission. He comments on his rocky relationship with Speaker Tom Murphy. Lovett discusses his decision to switch parties and President Reagan's influence on his decision. He reflects on the other party-switchers that were influential on the rise of the Republican Party, such as Newt Gingrich, Paul Coverdell, Johnny Isakson, and Mike Bowers.
Lovett comments on the future of politics in Georgia. He discusses the role of the public service commission as a friend of the consumer versus a friend of industry. Lovett discusses the importance of transparency in governmental organizations.
Lovett reflects on his life after politics. He discusses the amount of personal sacrifice a politician makes while running for and working in political office. Lovett comments on the 2002 Georgia gubernatorial race and discusses his involvement. He also discusses the Lovett Law and the Dublin Green Sox.