Interview with Lorie J. Smith, April 14, 2018

Collection: Two-Party Georgia Oral History Project

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Lorie J. Smith was born in Atlanta. She attended the University of Georgia and Georgia State University before entering Democratic politics. Smith has worked, campaigned, and consulted for prominent Georgia Democrats such as former U.S. representatives Buddy Darden, C. Don Johnson, Wyche Fowler, Bo Ginn, and Elliot Levitas. She also worked on Bill Clinton’s 1992 and 1996 presidential campaigns in Georgia. At the state level, Smith worked for the Democratic Party of Georgia and in the administrations of Zell Miller and Roy Barnes. Smith is founder and principal at Parrish, Smith Associates and resides in Atlanta.

Smith starts by recounting her upbringing in Atlanta and education at the University of Georgia. She talks about her early experience in Democratic politics working for U.S. representatives Ronald (Bo) Ginn and Elliott Levitas. She later worked in various roles on several Democratic campaigns in Georgia including Wyche Fowler’s 1986 U.S. Senate campaign and President Bill Clinton’s 1992 and 1996 campaigns. Smith gives her thoughts on Governor Zell Miller, who had recently died. She discusses her political consulting and governmental affairs work. The interview closes with Smith’s thoughts on Georgia political history, the 2016 presidential election, and the future direction of the Democratic and Republican parties going into the 2018 midterm elections.






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Lorie J. Smith and Ashton Ellett, “Interview with Lorie J. Smith, April 14, 2018,” UGA Special Collections Libraries Oral Histories, accessed July 25, 2024,