Descriptive Summary
TPGA-001 Eric Tanenblatt
TPGA-002 Frank Barron
TPGA-003 Brian Robinson
TPGA-004 Tom Crawford
TPGA-005 Buddy Darden
TPGA-006 Fred Cooper
TPGA-007 Rusty Paul
TPGA-008 Trey Hood III
TPGA-009 Bob Irvin
TPGA-010 Arthur (Skin) Edge IV
TPGA-011 Jim Galloway
TPGA-012 Jane Kidd
TPGA-013 Bob Barr
TPGA-014 John Padgett
TPGA-015 John Linder
TPGA-016 Bob Bell
TPGA-017 Robert Shaw
TPGA-018 Eric Johnson
TPGA-019 Billy Lovett
TPGA-020 Jay Morgan
TPGA-021 Alec Poitevint
TPGA-022 John Stuckey
TPGA-023 Roy Barnes
TPGA-024 Guy Millner
TPGA-025 Saxby Chambliss
TPGA-026 Joyce Stevens
TPGA-027 Steve Anthony
TPGA-028 Bobby Kahn
TPGA-029 Chuck Clay
TPGA-030 Oscar Persons
TPGA-031 Frank Strickland
TPGA-032 Charles S. Bullock III
TPGA-033 Charlie Harman
TPGA-034 S. Jarvin Levison
TPGA-035 Edward Lindsey
TPGA-036 Larry Walker, Jr.
TPGA-037 Mark Burkhalter
TPGA-038 Ralph Reed, Jr.
TPGA-039 Mack Mattingly
TPGA-040 Bill Nigut
TPGA-041 Chip Lake
TPGA-042 Roy Barnes and Bob Irvin
TPGA-043 J. Randy Evans
TPGA-044 Gordon Giffin
TPGA-045 Matt Towery
TPGA-046 George Hooks
TPGA-047 Tharon Johnson
TPGA-048 Blake Aued
TPGA-049 Lorie J. Smith
TPGA-050 Al Scott
TPGA-051 John Watson
TPGA-052 Tom Price
TPGA-053 DuBose Porter
TPGA-054 Jerry Keen
TPGA-055-01 Vincent Fort, Interview 1
TPGA-056 David Worley
TPGA-057 Bryan Long
TPGA-058 Teresa Tomlinson
TPGA-059 John Oxendine
TPGA-060 Erick Erickson
TPGA-061 Keith Mason
TPGA-062 Stacey Evans
TPGA-063 Molly Dye Franklin
TPGA-064 James C. Cobb
TPGA-065 Jack Kingston
TPGA-066 Dorothy Padgett
Reflections on 2018 Georgia Midterm Elections
TPGA-067 Greg Bluestein
TPGA-068 Blake Aued
TPGA-069 Johnny Kauffman
TPGA-070 Stephen Fowler
TPGA-074 Max Blau
TPGA-075 Jim Galloway
TPGA-076 M.V. (Trey) Hood III
TPGA-071 Robin Morris
TPGA-072 Phil Kent
TPGA-073 Nse Ufot
TPGA-074 Max Blau
TPGA-075 Jim Galloway
TPGA-076 Trey Hood III
TPGA-077 Sonny Dixon
TPGA-078 Maynard Eaton
TPGA-079 Samuel Olens
TPGA-080 Christopher Carr
TPGA-081 Jerry Gonzalez
TPGA-082 Tim Cairl
TPGA-083 Bob Irvin
TPGA-084 Maxine S. Goldstein
TPGA-085 Jeff DiSantis
TPGA-086 Leroy Simkins, Jr.
TPGA-087 Joe Wilkinson
TPGA-088 Charles Hayslett
TPGA-089 Lea Agnew
Two-Party Georgia Oral History ProjectTwo-Party Georgia Oral History Project

Two-Party Georgia Oral History Project

Descriptive Summary

Title: Two-Party Georgia Oral History Project
Creator: Ellett, Ashton
Dates: 2017 - ongoing
Extent: 76.0 interview(s)
Collection Number: RBRL/425/TPGA
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies

Collection Description

Historical note

Dr. Ashton Ellett is the creator and principal interviewer for this project. His dissertation research focused on the development of the Republican Party in Georgia since World War II. The oral history project continues the scope of this research focus, with a more contemporary view of bipartisan party politics. Dr. Katie Schank and Seth Clark are also interviewers for this project.

Scope and Content

The Two-Party Georgia Oral History Project documents how the Georgia Republican Party grew from a small grassroots party during an era of Democratic dominance into the state’s premiere political organization and governing party over the course of the late-twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Interview participants represent current and former Republican and Democratic political figures who were active contributors or commenters on this transformation between 1952-2016, with a primary focus on the years post-1974.The collection documents the personal experiences and insights of the candidates, officeholders, activists, organizers, strategists, and analysts who participated in those key campaigns, intraparty conflicts, policy debates, and legislative battles. It also documents the accounts of the journalists and scholars who have chronicled these activities and achievements.


Administrative Information and Restrictions

Preferred citation

Two-Party Georgia Oral History Project, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

Copyright Information

Resources may be used under the guidelines described by the U.S. Copyright Office in Section 107, Title 17, United States Code (Fair use). Parties interested in production or commercial use of the resources should contact the Russell Library for a fee schedule.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared by Russell staff, 2017.

Revisions made by Russell staff, 2019.


Related Materials

Access Points

Democratic Party (Ga.)
Political parties--Georgia.
Republican Party (Ga.)

Related Collections in this Repository

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection

Georgia Republican Party Records

Democratic Party of Georgia Records


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

TPGA-001 Eric Tanenblatt

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)83 minutes
Biographical note: Eric J. Tanenblatt was born in 1966 in Long Island, New York. He graduated from Emory University with a degree in economics. He immediately started as a campaign worker for George H.W. Bush and organized college campuses. There, he met and worked with Senator Paul Coverdell. When Bush was elected President, Tanenblatt moved to Washington, D.C. to work in the administration. He served as a special assistant to Secretary Louis Sullivan in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He was then appointed director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the Peace Corps, serving as the liaison to the White House. In 1992, he directed Paul Coverdell’s senate campaign, and served as his state director in Georgia. In 1998, he served as vice chairman of Coverdell’s reelection campaign. In 2000, he served as chairman of George W. Bush’s presidential campaign in Georgia. After Bush's election, Tanenblatt joined the law firm of McKenna, Long & Aldridge. In 2001, he left to serve as Governor Sonny Perdue’s chief of staff. In 2004, he served as finance chairman for Perdue’s reelection campaign. He then returned to his law practice, where he focused his work on governmental affairs. President Bush appointed him to the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service. He is the founder of Hands on Georgia, a program dedicated to promoting volunteerism.
TPGA-001 Eric Tanenblatt video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

TPGA-002 Frank Barron

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)84 minutes
See also: W. Frank Barron Papers
Biographical note: W. Frank Barron was born in Rome, Georgia, and he graduated from Darlington School in 1948. In 1952, he graduated from Washington and Lee and enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving on the USS Eversole DD789. Barron began his career at the Rome Coca-Cola Bottling Company in 1956, later retiring as an officer and director of seven local Coca-Cola Bottling Companies (Rome, Dalton, Cedartown, Fort Valley, Carrollton, Valdosta, and Cartersville). He married Anne West, in 1957, and they have two children and five grandchildren.
Throughout his life Barron has been heavily engaged in civic activities. He served as president of the Rome Rotary Club, Rome Area Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Baptist Foundation, and Georgia Chamber of Commerce; on the board of directors for Coosa County Club, Boys’ Club, Redmont Park Hospital, National Soft Drink Association, Century Bank of Bartow County, and First Union National Bank of Rome; and as a member of the Governor’s Human Relations Commission, Governor’s Growth Strategy Commission, and Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education Teaching and Learning Task Force.
TPGA-002 Frank Barron video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

TPGA-003 Brian Robinson

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)100 minutes
TPGA-003 Brian Robinson video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

TPGA-004 Tom Crawford

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)67 minutes
Biographical note: Tom Crawford was born in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from Clarkston High School in DeKalb County, Georgia in 1968. As a journalism student at the University of Georgia, Crawford worked at the student-led newspaper, The Red & Black, rising to rank of sports editor. He graduated with honors in 1972 and began his professional career as a beat reporter at the Alabama state capitol for the The Montgomery Advertiser. From 1972 to 1983, Crawford worked as a copy editor for The Atlanta Constitution (1972-1973); a beat reporter covering local, county, and state government for The Marietta Daily Journal (1973-1975); and as a reporter for The Atlanta Journal (1975-1983) covering the county courthouse, Atlanta city hall, and the Georgia state capitol and General Assembly. Crawford's political reporting during this period included the 1978 and 1982 governor races, 1980 U.S. Senate race, 1981 Atlanta mayoral election, and numerous other congressional, state, and local elections. Crawford stepped away from reporting in 1983 and assumed an accounts executive position at Pringle Dixon Pringle, a public relations agency in Atlanta. He was also an occassional speechwriter during the 1980s and 1990s. In 2000, Crawford launched the online news website Capitol Impact--later known as The Georgia Report--which provided news coverage of policial events at the state capitol and across Georgia until 2018. Tom Crawford died on July 18, 2018 after a decades-long battle with cancer.
See also: Tom Crawford Papers
TPGA-004 Tom Crawford video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

TPGA-005 Buddy Darden

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)102 minutes
See also: George W. (Buddy) Darden Papers
Biographical note: George Washington “Buddy” Darden was born in Sparta, Georgia. He attended North Georgia College, and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia in 1965. He was selected to serve in Senator Richard B. Russell’s patronage program in Washington, D.C. He received his law degree from the University of Georgia Law School in 1967, and served as assistant district attorney in Cobb County from 1968 to 1972, when he was elected district attorney. In 1980, he was elected as a Democrat to the Georgia House of Representatives, and served on the Judiciary Committee. After the death of U.S. Representative Larry McDonald, Darden won the special election to take his seat in 1983. In congress, he served on several committees, including the House Armed Services, Ethics, and Appropriations. In 1994, he lost his reelection bid, and unsuccessfully campaigned for congress in 2002. He served under Governor Roy Barnes as chairman of the Judicial Nominating Commission. Since 1995, he has been with the law firm McKenna, Long & Aldridge. President Clinton appointed him to the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. After Clinton left office, Darden began doing work for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, traveling to various countries including Indonesia and Senegal. Darden has also represented Georgia’s interests in the water disputes with Alabama and Florida.
TPGA-005 Buddy Darden video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

TPGA-006 Fred Cooper

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)115 minutes
TPGA-006 Fred Cooper video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

TPGA-007 Rusty Paul

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)119 minutes
Scope and Content: Rusty Paul discusses his early exposure to politics while growing up in civil rights-era Alabama and his involvement in Republican politics after moving to Georgia, including creating a statewide Republican Party newspaper. Paul recalls the political dynamics surrounding the 1980 elections, including the election of Mack Mattingly to the U.S. Senate and the Ronald Reagan's presidential win. He talks about his decision to turn down a position in the Reagan Administration to instead focus on local campaigns. Paul also discusses working on Jack Kemp's unsuccessful 1988 presidential campaign, and later returning to Georgia to run for Republican Party Chairman. As chairman, Paul focused on effective candidate recruitment and campaign management, with a focus on bolstering campaigns in rural areas outside of metro Atlanta. Paul reflects on the polarization of politics on the local, state, and national levels and gives his predictions for the 2018 and 2020 elections.
See also: Reflections on Georgia Politics ROGP-121 Rusty Paul; Subseries F. Rusty Paul in the Georgia Republican Party Records
Biographical note: Rusty Paul grew up in the Birmingham, Alabama area during the 1950s and 60s. He has worked in journalism as a newspaper and radio reporter, chaired the Republican Party in Georgia (1995-1999), served as a city councilman in Stone Mountain (1077-1983) and Sandy Springs (2014-present), and served as a state senator in the Georgia General Assembly (2001-2003).
TPGA-007 Rusty Paul video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

TPGA-008 Trey Hood III

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)69 minutes
Biographical note: Dr. Hood is a professor of political science in the University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs. He also serves as the director of SPIA Survey Research Center—a nationally recognized polling operation with a primary focus on the policy priorities and political attitudes of Georgia residents. He is also the author of The Rational Southerner: Black Mobilization, Republican Growth, and the Partisan Transformation of the American South.
TPGA-008 Trey Hood III video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

TPGA-009 Bob Irvin

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)112 minutes
Biographical Note: Bob Irvin grew up in rural North Fulton County in the 1950s and 1960s. He was elected as a Republican to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1972. He attended Harvard Business School, after which he came back to Georgia politics and was reelected to the Georgia Assembly in 1994 where he served as House Minority Leader. Irvin ran in the Georgia Senate Republican primary in 2002 against Saxby Chambliss. In this interview, Irvin talks about the growth of the Republican Party in Georgia since the 1970s, mentions the emergence of the Christian Right as a more conservative group in the Republican Party, and talks about the challenges to the Republican Party when it was a minority versus majority party.
TPGA-009 Bob Irvin video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

TPGA-010 Arthur (Skin) Edge IV

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)82 minutes
Biographical note: Arthur (Skin) Edge IV is a former state senator representing the 28th senatorial district of Coweta, Pike, and Spalding counties. In 1993, Edge was appointed as chairman of the Senate Special Judiciary Committee as a Republican in a Democratic legislature. He served as Senate Minority Leader from 1992-1996, working alongside his counterpart Bob Irvin in the Georgia House of Representatives. In 1996, Edge retired from politics, and he currently works as a principal consultant with the GeorgiaLink Public Affairs Group, specializing in governmental relations and consulting.
TPGA-010 Arthur (Skin) Edge IV video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

TPGA-011 Jim Galloway

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)108 minutes
Abstract: He talks about the relationship of media to politics, how political reporting has changed since he entered the business, and comments on the role that technology has played in news reporting. He comments on factors for success of an elected official in Georgia and discusses his observations of the growth of the Repubilcan Party since the 1970s from a minority to a majority in Georgia. He compares priorities and divisions within the Republican and Democratic parties in Georgia.
Biopgraphical note: Jim Galloway is the lead political writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, author of the AJC’s Political Insider blog, and frequent contributor to Georgia Public Broadcasting’s “Political Rewind” radio show.
TPGA-011 Jim Galloway video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

TPGA-012 Jane Kidd

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)115 minutes
See also: Reflections on Georgia Politics ROGP-108 Jane Kidd
Biographical note: Jane Kidd is the daughter of former Georgia Governor Ernest Vandiver and his wife, Betty Vandiver. She is a graduate of Grady College at the University of Georgia and became politically active on the Lavonia City Council as well as managing the successful U.S. congressional race for Democrat Don Johnson in 1992. She served as Johnson’s district director from 1993 to 1995. Kidd was elected to the 115th District in the Georgia State House of Representatives in 2004, and was elected as chairwoman of the Democratic Party of Georgia in 2007 where she managed Democratic turnout in the 2008 and 2010 election cycles.
TPGA-012 Jane Kidd video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

TPGA-013 Bob Barr

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)103 minutes
Biographical note: Bob Barr grew up in California. He graduated from Georgetown Law School in 1977 and worked for the CIA from 1971-1978. He moved to Georgia to pursue a law practice and became involved in Republican party politics in Cobb County in the 1980s, where he eventually served as Cobb County Party Chairman. He was appointed as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia in 1986 and left that position in 1990 to serve as president of the Southeastern Legal Foundation. Barr competed in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in 1992 against Paul Coverdell and John Knox. In 1994, he won the seat for the 7th District of the U.S. House of Representatives. Over time, Barr became interested in Libertarian politics and won the Libertarian Party's presidential nomination in 2008.
TPGA-013 Bob Barr video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

TPGA-014 John Padgett

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)86 minutes
Biographical note: John Padgett grew up as a Republican in Athens and has served in various roles in local and state party politics, including as Chairman of the Athens-Clarke County Republican Party, as Chairman of the 11th and 12th Congressional District Republican Party and as Secretary of the Georgia Republican Party. In 2013, Padgett ran a campaign for state party chair against B.J. Van Gundy and Alex Johnson on the platform of reenergizing grassroots politics, increasing fundraising efforts, bridging divides within the party and recruiting more conservative candidates.
TPGA-014 John Padgett video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

TPGA-015 John Linder

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)108 minutes
Biographical note: John Linder grew up in Minnesota and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1967-1969. He moved to Georgia to pursue a dentistry practice, and he settled in North DeKalb County where he became involved in Georgia Republican Party politics in the 1970s. Linder was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1976 as a Republican in a Democratic majority legislature. He ran an unsuccessful campaign for Congress in the Fourth District in 1990 and subsequently was elected to Congress in 1992 against Democratic opponent Cathy Steinberg. Linder retired from Congress when he did not seek reelection in 2012.
TPGA-015 John Linder video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

TPGA-016 Bob Bell

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)102 minutes
See also: Subseries A. Bob Bell in the Georgia Republican Party Records
Biographical note: Bob Bell grew up in Atlanta in the 1930s-1940s. He served in the U.S. Army from 1950-1952 and received his Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Georgia's Atlanta Division in 1954. Bell ran as a Republican for the Georgia House of Representatives in 1968 in District 73, Post 1 in DeKalb County, at a time when there were multimember districts. Subsequently, Bell won election to the Fifth District in the Georgia Senate, where he served as the Minority Whip. In 1982, he ran as a Republican nominee for governor. Bell succeeded Fred Cooper as chairman of the Republican Party in Georgia from 1983-1985.
TPGA-016 Bob Bell video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

TPGA-017 Robert Shaw

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)128 minutes
See also: Reflections on Georgia Politics ROGP-118 Robert Shaw
Biographical note: Robert (Bob) J. Shaw was raised in Bronwood, Georgia and attended the Georgia Institute of Technology and Georgia State University before enlisting in the Air Force in 1950. Shaw served as the Chairman of the Development Authority of Fulton County as well as being an active member in the Republican Party of Georgia. He unsuccessfully ran for State Senate in 1964 against Horace Ward. Shaw was elected as the First Vice Chairman of the Georgia Republican Party, and stepped into the role of chairman after the resignation of the chairman in 1971, and he served three subsequent terms as party chairman.
TPGA-017 Robert Shaw video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

TPGA-018 Eric Johnson

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)90 minutes
See also: Reflections on Georgia Politics ROGP-166 Eric Johnson; Eric Johnson Papers
Biographical note: Eric Johnson was born in New Orleans, and moved to Savannah, Georgia with his wife. He studied architecture and has worked as a principal architect at Hussey, Gay, Bell and Deyoung International, as well as at North Point Real Estate. Johnson became involved in Republican politics through aiding Jack Kingston's campaign for the Georgia House of Represenatives, and later aiding Mack Mattingly's U.S. Senate campaigns in 1980 and 1986, including serving as Mattingly's regional director. Johnson was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives as a Republican in 1992, and after one term, gave up his seat to run for the state Senate, where he served until 2009, when he ran as a candidate in the Georgia gubernatorial race. Johnson served as Minority Leader from 1998 to 2003, and in 2003, following party switching and a new Republican majority in the General Assembly, Johnson was elected Senate President Pro Tempore. After retiring as an elected official, Johnson returned to his architecture business and was appointed to the Georgia Department of Economic Development's Board of Directors.
TPGA-018 Eric Johnson video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

TPGA-019 Billy Lovett

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)50 minutes
See also: Reflections on Georgia Politics ROGP-145 Billy Lovett; Subseries E. Billy Lovett in the Georgia Republican Party Records
Biographical note: Billy Lovett grew up in Dublin, Georgia in Laurens County. Lovett is a former Laurens County Commissioner and later served on the State Public Service Commission beginning the 1970s. In 1982, he ran as an unsuccessful campaign for governor and returned to the Public Service Commission, where he also served as its chairman. In the 1984, Lovett switched his affiliation to the Republican Party while in office, citing reasons of being limited in his capacity to make change within the Democratic Party political structure. Lovett ran an unsuccessful race for Insurance Commissioner in 1990, and subsequently was elected the chairman of the Georgia Republican Party at the recommendation of party leaders. In addition to politics, Lovett is a businessman and entrepreneur based in Atlanta, Georgia.
TPGA-019 Billy Lovett video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

TPGA-020 Jay Morgan

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)141 minutes
Biographical note: Jay Morgan grew up in Talbotton, Georgia in Talbot County and attended the University of Georgia in the early 1980s. Morgan was a regional finance director for the Republican National Committee before becoming the executive director for the Georgia Republican Party in 1984, the youngest person to serve in that role. As executive director, Morgan oversaw the state party's efforts to reelect Mack Mattingly to his U.S. Senate seat during the 1986 election cycle. Morgan has additionally worked on Johnny Isakson's gubernatorial campaign in 1990 and later as chief of staff to Congressman Mac Collins. Aside from politics, Morgan has worked as a lobbyist, as Senior Vice President at Edington, Wade, and Sanders, and later establishing his own firm, JL Morgan Company.
TPGA-020 Jay Morgan video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

TPGA-021 Alec Poitevint

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)78 minutes
See also: Subseries D. Alec Poitevint in the Georgia Republican Party Records
Biographical note: Alec Poitevint grew up in Bainbridge, Georgia in Decatur County and attended the University of Georgia in the mid-to-late 1960s. Poitevint became chairman of the Decatur County Republican Party in 1975 and was later selected as Vice Chairman of the Georgia Republican Party where he served from 1977-1979. In 1981, Poitevint became Chairman of the Second Congressional District Committee and continued to be involved in the burgeoning Republican party politics at state and national levels. He was a member of Vice President George Bush's presidential campaign in 1988. In 1989, Poitevint succeeded John Stuckey as chairman of the Georgia Republican Party after a contested race requiring four rounds of voting. As chairman, Poitevint oversaw the redistricting plan undertaken by the General Assembly in 1991. Later, he was a Republican National Committeeman from Georgia from 1993 to 2001.
TPGA-021 Alec Poitevint video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

TPGA-022 John Stuckey

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)88 minutes
See also: Subseries C. John Stuckey in the Georgia Republican Party Records
Biographical note: John Stuckey grew up in rural Louisiana and served five years in the military, primarily organizing military intelligence at the Pentagon. He attended Louisiana State University and obtained his J.D. from George Washington University. Stuckey became involved in Republican politics when employed by the Republican National Committee while in law school. He worked as an aide on Richard Nixon's presidential campaign and managed Bill Brock's congressional campaigns in 1966 and 1968, later serving as Brock's chief of staff from 1971-1977. Stuckey moved to Georgia to start a career in law in 1977. In Georgia, Stuckey became the Coweta County Republican Party Chairman and later the congressional district chairman. He also served as Chairman of the Georgia Republican Party from 1987-1989. During his tenure as chairman, he had to respond to the emergence of the conservative Christian Right bloc within the Republican Party. Aside from politics, Stuckey owns his own law firm, John Stuckey & Associates LLC.
TPGA-022 John Stuckey video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

TPGA-023 Roy Barnes

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)68 minutes
See also: Reflections on Georgia Politics ROGP-008 Roy Barnes
Biographical note: Roy Barnes grew up in rural Cobb County, Georgia in the 1950s-1960s. Barnes grew up in a Republican family but became affiliated with the Democratic Party. He graduated from the University of Georgia Law School in 1972, after which he moved back to Cobb County to work as an Assistant District Attorney. In 1974, Barnes was elected to the Georgia Senate. In 1990, Barnes ran an unsuccessful campaign for governor of Georgia, losing to Lieutenant Governor Zell Miller in the Democratic primary. From 1992 to 1998, Barnes served in the Georgia House of Representatives, and then ran for governor again, this time successfully. He served one term as governor from 1999-2003, during which time, he oversaw the push for changing the Confederate symbolism on the Georgia state flag. Following his unsuccessful bid for reelection, Barnes returned to his legal career at the Barnes Law Group in Marietta, Georgia.
TPGA-023 Roy Barnes video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

TPGA-024 Guy Millner

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)110 minutes
Biographical note: Guy Millner grew up in Holly Hill, Florida and attended Florida State University. Miller moved to Atlanta for business reasons, and focused on growing his Norrell Corporation, a supplemental staffing business, during the 1960s and 1970s. Millner became involved in politics by working as the chief fundraiser on Mack Mattingly's 1980 and 1986 U.S. Senate campaigns. Millner also worked on Paul Coverdell's 1992 U.S. Senate campaign, and in 1994 and 1998, Millner ran two unsuccessful campaigns for governor--winning the Republican primary but losing in the general election. Millner is also the Chairman and CEO of AssuranceAmerica Corporation.
TPGA-024 Guy Milner video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

TPGA-025 Saxby Chambliss

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)92 minutes
See also: Reflections on Georgia Politics ROGP-019 Saxby Chambliss
Biographical note: Saxby Chambliss moved around the southeast growing up, due to his father being an Episcopal priest. He attended the University of Georgia in the mid-1960s, obtained his J.D. from the University of Tennessee, and moved back to south Georgia after finishing law school. A Democrat, he was recruited by the Georgia Republican Party to run as a Republican for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992 and 1994 races, the second of which he won. He served in the U.S. Congress from 1995-2003, and then was elected for two terms as U.S. Senator from 2003-2015. Chambliss was a member of the Gang of Six, a bipartisan group of six Senators consisting of three Democrats and three Republicans.
TPGA-025 Saxby Chambliss video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

TPGA-026 Joyce Stevens

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)74 minutes
Biographical note: Joyce Carter Stevens was raised in south Georgia. She served as Vice-President of Sales and Marketing at Del-Cook Lumber Company from 1964-1981. Stevens' first major involvement with the Republican Party was in fundraising for Mack Mattingly's 1980 U.S. Senate race, which led to her organizing the Cook County Republican Party and becoming involved with the highest members of the party. She was selected to serve as Executive Director of the Georgia Republican Party from 1981 to 1983, during which time her main focus was on growing the party's fundraising budget. Stevens was the first female candidate on the general election ballot in Georgia when she ran for a position on the Public Service Commission in 1984. She is president of The Stevens Group in metro Atlanta.
TPGA-026 Joyce Stevens video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

TPGA-027 Steve Anthony

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)143 minutes
Biographical note: Steve Anthony was raised in a political family in Bremen, Georgia and attended the University of West Georgia. He worked as an aide for several state legislators and their committees, and later was the Chief of Staff for Speaker of the House, Tom Murphy. Anthony served as chairman of the Cobb County Democratic Party in the early 1980s and later as Executive Director of the state party in the late 1990s.
TPGA-027 Steve Anthony video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

TPGA-028 Bobby Kahn

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)105 minutes
See also: Reflections on Georgia Politics ROGP-084 Bobby Kahn
Biographical note: Bobby Kahn is a Democratic political strategist from Savannah, Georgia. He attended the University of Georgia Law School and afterwards worked as a trial lawyer in Atlanta. He served as Chief of Staff for Governor Roy Barnes from 1999 to 2003. He later was elected as chairman of the Democratic Party of Georgia, serving one term from 2004 to 2007. Kahn also owns LUC Media, a marketing and advertising firm based in Marietta, Georgia.
TPGA-028 Bobby Kahn video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

TPGA-029 Chuck Clay

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)172 minutes
Biographical note: Chuck Clay is from a military family and moved frequently growing up. He attended the University of North Carolina, and obtained his law degree from the University of Georgia Law School. He moved to Marietta, Georgia in the 1970s for work and became involved in the minority Republican Party in Cobb County at a time when the Republican Party in Georgia was beginning to grow. Clay was Assistant District Attorney in Cobb County, and in 1986, he was elected as the first Republican county commissioner from West Cobb. Clay was elected to the Georgia Senate to represent the 37th District in 1988 and later was selected as Senate Minority Leader. Clay ran for chairman of the Republican Party in 1999 and served one term from 1999-2001.
TPGA-029 Chuck Clay video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

TPGA-030 Oscar Persons

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)98 minutes
Scope and Content: Oscar Persons talks about his first interests in Republican politics in the 1960s, recalling in particular Barry Goldwater’s presidential run in 1964 and Bo Callaway’s 1966 gubernatorial run. Persons then describes how the Republican Party grew in the 1970s and 1980s, highlighting the internal divisions the party suffered during this growth. He then talks about smaller Republican victories in the 1990s and how they led to statewide victories in the 2000s.
Biographical note: Oscar Persons was born in McCormack, South Carolina but moved to small towns around the South with his father, a missionary Baptist preacher. He spent his high school years in Columbus, Georgia, and studied engineering at Georgia Tech. After graduating in 1960, he served in the United States Navy’s Seventh Fleet for several years. Returning to Georgia, Persons was employed by Southern Bell as an engineer and moved to Atlanta. He graduated from Emory University’s Law School in 1967. Persons joined the Atlanta Young Republicans, working his way up to become the organization’s president. Persons served as the general counsel for the Georgia Republican Party from 1971-1992. He was also the chairman in Georgia for Bob Dole’s presidential campaigns in 1988 and 1996.
TPGA-030 Oscar Persons video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

TPGA-031 Frank Strickland

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)89 minutes
Scope and Content: Frank Strickland talks about his early life and becoming interested in Republican politics in 1966 due to Bo Callaway’s run for governor that year. Strickland afterward describes what occurred as the Republican Party grew in the 1970s and 1980s, particularly the infighting in the party as it incorporated the Christian right. Strickland then discusses the two Voting Rights Act cases he litigated--Miller v. Johnson and Larios v. Cox and Shelby County v. Holder. He then talks about redistricting more broadly, outside the context of civil rights litigation.
Biographical note: Frank Strickland was born in Washington, D.C. to a strongly Republican family, but moved to Decatur, Georgia in the first grade. He attended Vanderbilt University, and after graduating, he briefly served in the United States Coast Guard and afterwards worked for Citizens & Southern National Bank. Strickland simultaneously attended Emory University’s night school law program and earned his degree in 1967. Strickland became involved in Republican politics shortly afterwards, campaigning for Republican presidential candidates and for Republicans in local races, namely for Paul Coverdell’s state senate races. He became first vice chairman of the Georgia Republican Party in 1983, and became assistant general counsel for the party two years later. Strickland became general counsel to the party in 1992, serving until 1995, when he created his own law practice Strickland, Brockington and Lewis, where he remains as a partner.
TPGA-031 Frank Strickland video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

TPGA-032 Charles S. Bullock III

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)110 minutes
Scope and Content: Charles Bullock explains how he became interested in southern politics and then talks about the patterns that make southern politics distinctive, particularly in the areas of partisan realignment and demographic voting patterns. He then discusses the role the Voting Rights Act played in shaping southern politics, emphasizing the Supreme Court cases that dealt with redistricting and the Voting Rights Act. He then talks about the core constituents and the key problems facing Democrats and Republicans in Georgia. He concludes by predicting what Georgia politics will look like in 2018 and beyond.
Biographical note: Charles Bullock was born in Missouri, but moved to Georgia at the age of six. He earned his doctoral degree from Washington University in 1968. He immediately began working at the University of Georgia, researching congressional politics, legislative process, and southern politics. He was distinguished as a University Professor by the University of Georgia in 2015 and continues to teach as the Richard B. Russell Chair of Political Science.
TPGA-032 Charles S. Bullock III video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

TPGA-033 Charlie Harman

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)116 minutes
Scope and Content: Harman discusses his early life, focusing on the events that became the foundation of his political views. He then talks about joining Sam Nunn’s senate staff and working his way up the ranks to become Nunn’s chief of staff. Harman also talks about Nunn’s personality and role in the U.S. Senate. Harman then details the viewpoints the Georgia Chamber of Commerce forwarded while he was the organization’s president. Harman talk about his tenure as chief of staff for Senators Zell Miller and Saxby Chambliss. Harman next describes how Republican governance in Georgia differs from Democratic governance, as well as the weaknesses both parties are struggling with in Georgia. He concludes by predicting the effects Donald Trump could have on politics, both in Georgia and nationally.
Biographical note: Charlie Harman grew up in Atlanta in the 1950s and 1960s. He attended the University of Georgia, from which he graduated with a B.A. in business in 1971. During this time, he interned at Richard B. Russell’s senate office in Washington, D.C., which jumpstarted Harman’s lifelong love of politics. Harman first joined Senator Sam Nunn’s staff as a caseworker in 1980, getting promoted to be Nunn’s chief of staff in 1987. Harman left Nunn’s office in 1992 to become the president of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, leaving that position in 1996 to become the head of Blue Cross Blue Shield’s government affairs. Harman briefly served as Zell Miller’s transitional chief of staff in 2000 when Miller was appointed as U.S. Senator. Harman left Blue Cross Blue Shield in 2006 to join Saxby Chambliss’s Senate office as chief of staff, holding that position until 2013.
TPGA-033 Charlie Harman video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

TPGA-034 S. Jarvin Levison

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)123 minutes
Scope and Content: In this interview, Levison discusses his early life in Georgia and his decision to enlist in the military. He talks about going to college and law school at Emory University and his legal career in tax law. Levison then describes his early involvement in Republican politics in the 1950s and the 1960s, as the Georgia Republican Party started to rise to prominence. He then tells of the internal strife in the party that Barry Goldwater’s 1964 candidacy brought, splitting the party between moderates and conservatives. He then recalls the near-success of Bo Callaway in the 1966 gubernatorial election and Richard Nixon’s successful presidential run in 1968. Levison then comments on Rodney Cook and Paul Coverdell, two figures who were instrumental in building the Republican Party in the 1970s and 1980s. Levison ends by discussing the Republican Party since it has become dominant in Georgia, contrasting it with Democratic governance, as well as predicting what effects Donald Trump will have on the party.
Biographical Note: S. Jarvin Levison was born in Bristol, Virginia in 1927, but his family had to relocate to Macon and then to Atlanta, Georgia to follow his father’s job opportunities. Levison graduated from Boys’ High in 1945 and enlisted in the air division of the U.S. Navy. Levison attended undergrad and law school at Emory and graduated in 1951.. Levison worked in several law offices over the next several decades and became involved with Republican politics through Randolph Thrower. Levison became involved in the party structure as an “Eisenhower Republican”, becoming the Fifth District party chairman.
TPGA-034 S. Jarvin Levison video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

TPGA-035 Edward Lindsey

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)89 minutes
Scope and Content: Lindsey discusses his early life in Atlanta, witnessing the Civil Rights movement firsthand, and details his legal career. Lindsey outlines his involvement with political campaigns in the early 2000s prior to his successful run for the Georgia House in 2004. He then lists the issues he tackled during his 9-year tenure in the legislature, such as transportation and redistricting, including those he had to manage as the House’s majority whip. Lindsey then discusses his unsuccessful run for the 5th Congressional district in 2014. He concludes by commenting on the politics of division he has witnessed since 2014 and his hopes on the future of Georgia politics.
Biographical Note: Edward Lindsey, Jr., was born and raised in Atlanta and attended Davidson College in North Carolina to study history in 1981. Lindsey then returned to Georgia to attend the University of Georgia School of Law. He began a private legal practice in Toccoa, Georgia in 1987, and then created the firm Godman McGuffey Lindsey & Johnson in 1990 after returning to Atlanta. He ran for the state senate in 2000 to represent the area around Buckhead, losing to Rusty Paul in the Republican primary. He then ran for the state house in 2004, successfully winning the 54th House district. He remained in that seat until 2014, when he unsuccessfully ran for the 5th Congressional district. Since then, Linsey has worked as a partner for Dentons’ Public Policy and Regulation Division.
TPGA-035 Edward Lindsey video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

TPGA-036 Larry Walker, Jr.

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)58 minutes
Scope and Content: Walker discusses his background and childhood, and talks about running for the Georgia House at Sam Nunn’s behest in 1972, winning as a Democrat. He tells of his first few terms in the legislature and his leadership role in the House. Walker describes more tangential topics that affected his tenure in the House, including the economic plans of various governors and the urban-rural divide in Georgia. He discusses cooperating with House Republicans, explaining how he believed they grew into a viable force in Georgia politics. Walker moves on to his service outside of the legislature, joining the Georgia Department of Transportation board in 2007 and the University System of Georgia Board of Regents in 2009. He concludes by talking about the future of Georgia politics, which he believes will become much more competitive as Republicans move further to the right and leave moderate voters for the Democrats.
Biographical Note: Larry Walker, Jr. was born to a family in the agriculture business in Perry, Georgia, where he has remained his whole life. Walker attended the University of Georgia for both his undergraduate and law degrees, receiving a BBA in 1964 and a J.D. the following year. He returned to Perry to work as a municipal court judge, staying in that position until becoming the city attorney for Perry, which he worked as for eight years. In 1972, Walker ran for Sam Nunn’s seat in the Georgia House of Representatives after the former vacated it to run for the United State Senate. Walker won and joined the Georgia House in 1973, where he remained until his retirement in 2005. During that time, Walker worked his way to become the floor leader for Governors Joe Frank Harris and Zell Miller. Walker also became the House majority leader in 1986, holding that seat until his retirement.
TPGA-036 Larry Walker Jr. video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

TPGA-037 Mark Burkhalter

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)78 minutes
Scope and Content: Burkhalter talks about his early life and how he became politically active. Burkhalter then discusses returning to north Fulton County to work in the real estate business and explains why he ran for the Georgia House of Representatives in 1992 and how he ran a successful campaign. Burkhalter covers the major issues he worked on in the Georgia House, and he talks about how the Republicans were able to become the majority party in the early 2000s. Burkhalter gives his reasons as to why the Republican Party remained relatively dormant in Georgia and how the parties have changed since Republicans took over Georgia government.
Biographical Note: Mark Burkhalter was born and raised in Alpharetta, Georgia. He attended the University of Georgia and simultaneously interned with Newt Gingrich’s congressional office in Washington, D.C in 1981. After graduation, he worked in Gingrich’s office for 3 years before leaving in 1984 to work on Pat Swindall’s congressional campaign. Afterward, he returned to north Fulton County, Georgia to work in the real estate and land development business. After much friction with the Fulton County government in this line of work, Burkhalter opted to run for an open Georgia House of Representatives seat in 1992. Burkhalter worked his way up through the ranks of the Republican minority, becoming Sonny Perdue’s floor leader after Perdue’s election as governor is 2002. Burkhalter became the speaker pro tempore in 2005, staying in that position until 2010 and retiring from the House altogether in 2011.
TPGA-037 Mark Burkhalter video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

TPGA-038 Ralph Reed, Jr.

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)140 minutes
Scope and Content: Reed discusses his childhood and describes how he became involved in politics. Reed discusses meeting Pat Robertson in 1989 and being coaxed into writing a memo explaining how to organize evangelical voters. Reed explains that the memo earned him the job as executive director of the Christian coalition. Reed summarizes the tensions in Georgia during the 1990s between the social conservative wing of the Republican Party and the “establishment” Republican wing, epitomized in the 1992 Senate race. Reed then talks about being elected state party chairman for the Georgia Republican Party, detailing his involvement the 2002 gubernatorial and Senate campaigns. Reed concludes by describing the difficulties Republicans face as the governing party of Georgia and the effects Donald Trump may have on the Republican Party.
See also: Reflections on Georgia Politics ROGP-129 Ralph Reed
Biographical Note: Reed was born to a military family in 1961. His family moved to Toccoa, Georgia during his teenage years and after graduating, Reed attended the University of Georgia. In 1980, he interned with the lieutenant governor Zell Miller’s office and was elected chairman of the University’s College Republicans. He graduated in 1985 and attended Emory University for his doctoral degree in history. During that time, he organized and managed Students for America. While finishing up his dissertation in 1989, Reed met Pat Robertson, who offered Reed a job as executive director of the Christian Coalition. Reed accepted and remained in the position until 1997. He campaigned for both of George W. Bush’s presidential campaigns and served as the chairman of the Georgia Republican Party from 2001 to 2003.
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TPGA-039 Mack Mattingly

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)87 minutes
Scope and Content: Mattingly begins by discussing his early life in Indiana during the Great Depression and World War II. He then talks about his service in the United States Air Force and why he decided to move permanently to Georgia afterward. Mattingly then covers his early political involvements and discusses his tenure as the Georgia Republican Party’s state chairman. Mattingly talks about running for the United States Senate in 1980 and his victory over Herman Talmadge. He also discusses his goal of fiscal conservatism while serving on the Senate Appropriations Committee. Mattingly next talks about his unsuccessful reelection bid in 1986 and why he stayed out of public office for so long, until his unsuccessful attempt in 2000 to fill the Senate vacancy left by Paul Coverdell’s death. Mattingly concludes by explaining his support for Donald Trump and what he sees as the weaknesses of the modern Republican Party.
Biographical Note: Mack Mattingly was born in Anderson, Indiana in 1931. After graduating high school, he joined the United States Air Force and was stationed at a Strategic Air Command base in Savannah, Georgia. After four years of service, Mattingly studied at Indiana University, graduating with a degree in business. He then moved back to South Georgia and lived on St. Simon’s Island. Mattingly first became politically active during the 1964 presidential race, in which he chaired Barry Goldwater’s campaign in Georgia’s first congressional district. Mattingly was then elected the state party chairman for the Georgia Republican Party in 1975, serving for two years. Mattingly ran for the United States Senate in 1980, winning an upset victory over Democratic incumbent Herman Talmadge. Mattingly lost his reelection effort in 1986 to Democrat Wyche Fowler and only sought office again in 2000, running and losing the special election for the Senate seat after Paul Coverdell’s death.
TPGA-039 Mack Mattingly video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

TPGA-040 Bill Nigut

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)89 minutes
Scope and Content: Nigut discusses his early life in Chicago and his entrance to political journalism through covering Chicago politics. He then talks about moving to Atlanta to work as a reporter for WSB-TV and the bonds he formed with political figures throughout his career. He comments on how Georgia politics has changed over the time he has covered it and discusses the divisions within both parties as well as the potential paths to success for Democrats. Nigut closes by talking about how many of the largest issues in Georgia politics, such as education and transportation, are not necessarily divided by partisanship as they are by geography, between the issues affecting rural Georgians and those affecting urban Georgians.
Biographical Note: Bill Nigut was born and raised in Skokie, Illinois. Nigut moved to Atlanta to work as a reporter for WSB-TV in 1983 and became the station’s full-time political correspondent until 2003. He then became CEO of the Metro-Atlanta Arts and Culture Coalition until 2007, when he became the southeast regional director for the Anti-Defamation League. Nigut returned to journalism in 2013, when he joined Georgia Public Broadcasting as a senior executive producer.
TPGA-040 Bill Nigut video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

TPGA-041 Chip Lake

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)87 mintues
Scope and Content: Lake talks about his childhood and early fascination with politics. Lake recalls moving up the ranks among Republican campaigns. Lake then turns to modern subjects, predicting that the 2018 election will be a wave election in favor of the Democrats and that those effects will trickle down into Georgia’s statewide and local races. He comments that Donald Trump’s election in 2016 highlighted the demographic problem the Republicans have, as college-educated voters turned away from Trump and the Republican Party en masse that year. Lake then explains the reasons he believes both political parties have an increasing “anti-establishment” sentiment within them. Lake closes by discussing the impact the 2021 redistricting will have on Georgia politics and how the Democrats are well-mobilized in preparation for the 2018 election while many Republican incumbents are retiring instead of fighting for another term.
Biographical Note: Chip Lake was born in Texas and moved to Kennesaw, Georgia at a young age. Lake went to college at Auburn University and interned for Rusty Paul’s office in Atlanta. After graduation, Lake began working on larger campaigns, first for Steve Forbes’s 2000 presidential campaign and then Rick Lazio’s run for New York’s U.S. Senate seat that same year. Afterward, Lake returned to Georgia to work in the offices of a number of Republican state legislatures before joining Phil Gingrey’s congressional campaign as a general consultant in 2002. After Lynn Westmoreland’s own congressional victory in 2004, Lake became Westmoreland’s chief of staff, where he remained until 2011. Since then, Lake has become a consultant for Glendale Strategies and campaign marketing for Twin Oaks Connect, while doing occasion sports commentary via podcasts.
TPGA-041 Chip Lake video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

TPGA-042 Roy Barnes and Bob Irvin

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)103 minutes
Scope and Content: Barnes and Irvin begin by talking about their early involvement in politics and why they chose to seek elected office. They then discuss their time in the legislature, the focus on national politics during that time, and the history of the Republican Party’s stance on racial issues. They then discuss governance in Georgia, including what makes a governor effective and the budgeting process. Irvin and Barnes comment on the diminishing power of rural Georgia in the state’s political process. They next talk about what issues may have bipartisan support in Georgia and how the parties may return to debating political issues civilly. They conclude the interview by discussing transportation issues in Georgia and their potential solutions.
Biographical Note: Bob Irvin grew up in rural North Fulton County in the 1960s and was elected as a Republican to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1972. He left the legislature to attend Harvard Business School. Irvin returned to Georgia politics and was reelected to the Georgia Assembly in 1994 where he served as House Minority Leader until 2002, when he left the House to run unsuccessfully for the United States Senate. Roy Barnes grew up in rural Cobb County, Georgia in the 1950s and 1960s. He graduated from the University of Georgia Law School in 1972, after which he moved back to Cobb County to work as an assistant district attorney. In 1974, Barnes was elected to the Georgia Senate. In 1990, Barnes ran an unsuccessful campaign for governor of Georgia. From 1992 to 1998, Barnes served in the Georgia House of Representatives, and then ran for governor again, this time successfully. He served one term as governor from 1999-2003, during which time, he oversaw the push for changing the Confederate symbolism on the Georgia state flag.
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TPGA-043 J. Randy Evans

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)92 minutes
Scope and Content: Evans begins the interview by talking about his childhood and early involvement with politics. Evans then discusses the plans and factors of growing the Georgia Republican Party. He specifically talks about party organization and how that process has changed compared to today. Evans explains why religious social conservatives began flocking to the Republican Party in the 1980s and how organizations such as GOPAC mobilized conservative voters and popularized conservative political philosophies. Evans discusses how Republicans adapted themselves to becoming the governing party. Evans concludes by discussing the realigning effects Donald Trump has had on the party, both positive and negative, though he notes that it is difficult to make long-term political predictions due to the dynamic nature of politics and the electorate.
Biographical Note: Randy Evans grew up in Dublin, Georgia during the 1960s and 1970s. While going to school at West Georgia College, Evans met Newt Gingrich as a professor, who introduced him to politics. Evans volunteered for Gingrich’s victorious 1978 congressional campaign. After briefly working as a staffer for Gingrich, Evans returned to Georgia to obtain his law degree from the University of Georgia. Afterward, he became the chairman of the Douglas County Republican Party, and was promoted to party chairman of the 6th congressional district in 1986. He chaired Newt Gingrich’s 1988 and 1990 congressional reelection campaigns and served as general counsel for Gingrich when he became Speaker of the House in 1995. In 2001, Ralph Reed appointed Evans to become the state Republican Party’s general counsel and also appointed him to the Georgia state board of elections. Evans was nominated by Donald Trump in 2017 to become the U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg; Evans’s nomination was confirmed by the Senate in 2018.
TPGA-043 J. Randy Evans video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

TPGA-044 Gordon Giffin

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)113 minutes
Scope and Content: Giffin begins by discussing his early life in Canada before returning to the United States for his higher education. He talks about first interning for Sam Nunn’s office while in law school then permanently joining Nunn’s staff as chief legal counsel and legislative director. Giffin then details his involvement with other matters of national Democratic politics and gives particular focus to his work on the selection committee for the 1988 Democratic National Convention. Giffin next talks about his work on Bill Clinton’s presidential campaigns, and explains how he became Clinton’s ambassador to Canada in 1996. Giffin concludes by discussing Michelle Nunn’s candidacy for Senate in 2014 and Hillary Clinton’s presidential run in 2016, discussing the strengths and weaknesses of each and how a future Democrat may capitalize on those strengths to put the Democratic Party of Georgia back in power.
Biographical Note: Gordon Giffin was born in Springfield, Massachusetts but spent the rest of his childhood growing up in Canada. Giffin returned to the United States to receive his undergraduate education at Duke University, followed by Emory University Law School in 1971 for his legal education. In his final year of law school, he interned for U.S. Senator Sam Nunn. Giffin joined Nunn’s staff full-time in January 1975, when Giffin became Nunn’s chief legal counsel and legislative director. After 1979, Giffin left to join private practice law firms while simultaneously working for Nunn’s reelection campaigns. In 1992, Giffin chaired Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign in Georgia, a connection which allowed Giffin to become the United States ambassador to Canada in 1997. Leaving the position in 2001, Giffin retreated from politics to focus on law practice until he chaired Michelle Nunn’s senate campaign in 2014.
TPGA-044 Gordon Giffin video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

TPGA-045 Matt Towery

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)124 minutes
See also: Reflectios on Georgia Politics ROGP-089 Matt Towery
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TPGA-046 George Hooks

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)66 minutes
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TPGA-047 Tharon Johnson

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)69 minutes
TPGA-047 Tharon Johnson video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

TPGA-048 Blake Aued

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)90 minutes
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TPGA-049 Lorie J. Smith

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)83 minutes
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TPGA-050 Al Scott

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)88 minutes
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TPGA-051 John Watson

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)77 minutes
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TPGA-052 Tom Price

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)90 minutes
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TPGA-053 DuBose Porter

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)76 minutes
See also: Reflections on Georgia Politics ROGP-057 DuBose Porter
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TPGA-054 Jerry Keen

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)94 minutes
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TPGA-055-01 Vincent Fort, Interview 1

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)
 

TPGA-056 David Worley

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)98 minutes
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TPGA-057 Bryan Long

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)98 minutes
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TPGA-058 Teresa Tomlinson

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)95 minutes
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TPGA-059 John Oxendine

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)76 minutes
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TPGA-060 Erick Erickson

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)95 minutes
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TPGA-061 Keith Mason

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)161 minutes
Abstract: Keith Mason volunteered for Jimmy Carter and worked for Zell Miller in Miller’s 1974 run for lieutenant governor. He continued to work for Miller, establishing himself as an advisor during Miller’s gubernatorial race in 1990, and becoming Governor Miller’s executive secretary during Miller’s first term. In 1993, he joined President Bill Clinton’s administration, and served as deputy assistant and deputy director for Intergovernmental Affairs, making him the liaison between the White House and state governors. He also served as a transition advisor to Governor Roy Barnes and as an advisor during Miller’s time in the senate. In this interview, Mason discusses his involvement with many of the top Georgia Democrat political figures during the 1980s and 1990s, primarily Zell Miller. He explains his work on campaign trails and working in Zell Miller and Bill Clinton’s administrations. He describes the shift of Georgia politics from heavily Democrat control to Republican.
TPGA-061 Keith Mason video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

TPGA-062 Stacey Evans

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)100 minutes
 

TPGA-063 Molly Dye Franklin

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)125 minutes
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TPGA-064 James C. Cobb

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)100 minutes
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TPGA-065 Jack Kingston

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)77 minutes
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TPGA-066 Dorothy Padgett

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)73 minutes
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Reflections on 2018 Georgia Midterm Elections

Extent: 7.0 interview(s)



TPGA-067 Greg Bluestein

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)127 minutes
Biographical note: Greg Bluestein is a political reporter at the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, covering local, state, and national politics. His work can be accessed in the print version of the AJC, the Political Insider blog, and the Politically Georgia subscription site, part of the AJC.
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TPGA-068 Blake Aued

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)50 minutes
Biographical note: Blake Aued is the news editor for Flagpole Magazine in Athens, GA. He writes the weekly 'City Dope' column for Flagpole. He was also a writer at the Athens-Banner Herald, and is a regular contributor to WUGA's Athens News Matters with Alexia Ridley.
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TPGA-069 Johnny Kauffman

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)66 minutes
Biographical note: Johnny Kauffman is a reporter for WABE 90.1 in Atlanta. Prior to WABE, he worked as a producer for Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) and National Public Radio (NPR) where he produced Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, and Tell Me More.
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TPGA-070 Stephen Fowler

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)103 minutes
Biographical note: Stephen Fowler is a politics reporter for Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) in Atlanta. He first worked for GPB's All Things Considered as the afternoon news producer, reporter, and fill-in host. His reports can be heard on programs such as On Second Thought, Here and Now, and Marketplace.
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TPGA-074 Max Blau

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)81 minutes
Biographical note: Max Blau is an Atlanta-based journalist writing for Atlanta Magazine, Bitter Southerner, Politico, and The New York Times. Previously he worked as a southern correspondent for The Boston Globe's national health and science website, STAT.news. Blau has also worked as a writer for CNN.com, Atlanta Magazine, and Creative Loafing.
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TPGA-075 Jim Galloway

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)83 minutes
Biographical note: Jim Galloway has worked for four decades at The Atlanta-Journal Constitution (AJC). He is the founder and lead writer of the AJC's Political Insider blog. He is the author of The Jolt, a daily morning blog post on Georgia government and politics. He is a regular contributor to Georgia Public Broadcasting's Political Rewind show with Bill Nigut.
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TPGA-076 M.V. (Trey) Hood III

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)51 minutes
Biographical note: Dr. Trey Hood is a professor of political science at the University of Georgia's School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA). He is the director of SPIA's Research Center, a nationally-recognized polling operation with a focus on the policies, priorities, and political attitudes of Georgians. He is the author of The Rational Southerner: Black Mobilization, Republican Growth, and the Partisan Transformation of the American South.
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TPGA-071 Robin Morris

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)76 minutes
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TPGA-072 Phil Kent

Extent: 1.0 moving image(s)74 minutes
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TPGA-073 Nse Ufot

Extent: 1.0 interview(s)58 minutes
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TPGA-074 Max Blau

Extent: 1.0 moving image(s)81 minutes
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TPGA-075 Jim Galloway

Extent: 1.0 moving image(s)84 minutes
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TPGA-076 Trey Hood III

Extent: 1.0 moving image(s)52 minutes
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TPGA-077 Sonny Dixon

Extent: 1.0 moving image(s)110 minutes
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TPGA-078 Maynard Eaton

Extent: 1.0 moving image(s)60 minutes
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TPGA-079 Samuel Olens

Extent: 1.0 moving image(s)83 minutes
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TPGA-080 Christopher Carr

Extent: 1.0 moving image(s)79 minutes
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TPGA-081 Jerry Gonzalez

Extent: 1.0 moving image(s)49 minutes
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TPGA-082 Tim Cairl

Extent: 1.0 moving image(s)57 minutes
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TPGA-083 Bob Irvin

Extent: 1.0 moving image(s)136 minutes
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TPGA-084 Maxine S. Goldstein

Extent: 1.0 moving image(s)78 minutes
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TPGA-085 Jeff DiSantis

Extent: 1.0 moving image(s)123 minutes
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TPGA-086 Leroy Simkins, Jr.

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TPGA-087 Joe Wilkinson

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TPGA-088 Charles Hayslett

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TPGA-089 Lea Agnew

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