Interview with Matt Towery, October 16, 2009

Collection: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection

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Matthew Towery was an unofficial page for Governor Lester Maddox, and continued in an official capacity during Maddox’s term as lieutenant governor. He became a speech writer in Mattingly’s successful run for senate in 1980. In 1989 with the encouragement of Newt Gingrich, Towery started the Campaign for Georgia’s Future, and the next year ran an unsuccessful campaign for lieutenant governor. In 1992, he served as Gingrich’s campaign chairman for his successful race for the U.S. House of Representatives. Towery won a seat in the Georgia House of Representatives, making him the first Republican to preside over the Democratic House. In this interview, Towery comments on his experience working on several political campaigns, his own experience in legislature, and on party politics in Georgia.






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Matt Towery and Bob Short, “Interview with Matt Towery, October 16, 2009,” UGA Special Collections Libraries Oral Histories, accessed July 25, 2024,