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Joe Frank Harris oral history interview 1987 6 June and 5 August

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Creator: Harris, Joe Frank
Cook, James
Title: Joe Frank Harris oral history interview 1987 6 June and 5 August
Date: 1987 June 6 | 1987 Aug. 5
Description: Local identification number: Harris, JF_19870606_(P1988-04)

Joe Frank Harris (b. 1936) served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1965-1982 as a representative from Bartow County, and served as Governor from 1982-1990.

Among topics discussed: Family background; childhood; high school activities, jobs; education at Asbury College and University of Georgia; early religious conversion; memories of parents; impressions of University of Georgia; military service; Harris Cement Products, Inc.; marriage to Elizabeth Carlock; early political career, Bartow county, service in Georgia legislature; death of Sloppy Floyd; Harris's promotion to chairman Appropriations Committee; comparison of George T. Smith, George L. Smith, and Tom Murphy as speakers of the House. Among topics discussed: Relationship with George Busbee; primary issues of Appropriations Committee with Harris as chairman; service on Highways and Motor Vehicles Committee; development of an independent legislature; 1982 gubernatorial campaign; campaign advisors Joel Cowan, Geer Phillips, and Mike DeBeckter; financial cost of campaign; campaign strategy; gubernatorial appointments; minority appointments; Robert Benham and other black judges appointed by Harris; Dr. Warner Rogers; Colonel Curtis Arp; Quality Basic Education; economic development; environmental protection; other programs implemented by Harris.

Subjects: Economic development--Political aspects--Georgia | Environmental policy--Georgia | African American judges--Georgia | Busbee, George, 1927-2004 | Georgia. General Assembly. House of Representatives | Georgia. Governor | Georgia. General Assembly. Committee on Schools | Georgia. General Assembly | Murphy, Thomas Bailey, 1924-2007 | Harris, Joe Frank
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Related Materials: Georgia Government Documentation Project | Harris, Joe Frank, Interviewed by James Cook, 6 June and 5 August 1987, P1988-04, Series A. Georgia Governors, Georgia Government Documentation Project, Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library, Atlanta.
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