Interview with Bubba McDonald on Tom Murphy, January 16, 2007

Collection: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection

Dublin Core


Lauren “Bubba” McDonald was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1971. He served on various committees throughout his political career, including his five-year chairmanship of the Industry Committee and, later, the Appropriations Committee. Governor Zell Miller appointed McDonald to the Public Service Commission (PSC) in 1998, and McDonald was elected to the PSC again in 2008. In this interview, McDonald discusses Tom Murphy, Speaker of the House for Georgia from 1973 to 2002. He addresses Murphy’s strong independence from the power of the governor, his emphasis on fiscal responsibility, and his fiery temperament. McDonald also covers Murphy’s similarities to and conflicts with Zell Miller, his support for the city of Atlanta, and the reasons for his lack of success running in his own district.








Bubba McDonald and Bob Short, “Interview with Bubba McDonald on Tom Murphy, January 16, 2007,” UGA Special Collections Libraries Oral Histories, accessed December 7, 2022,