Interview with Thurbert Baker, December 8, 2008

Collection: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection

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Thurbert Baker worked in Fulton County in the public defender’s office. He then worked as a lawyer for the Environmental Protection Agency. In 1989, he ran his first campaign for the Georgia House of Representatives, where he subsequently served five terms. He served in the House Judiciary Committee and was Governor Zell Miller’s House floor leader. As floor leader, he helped to pass the state-wide lottery for the HOPE Scholarship. In 1997, Governor Miller appointed him attorney general. He was reelected three times. Baker recalls his early interest in law, his education at UNC-Chapel Hill and Emory, and his time as Attorney General. He also discusses difficult cases he has seen, legislation he has been involved with, and party politics in Georgia.






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Thurbert Baker and Bob Short, “Interview with Thurbert Baker, December 8, 2008,” UGA Special Collections Libraries Oral Histories, accessed December 7, 2022,