Interview with Keith Mason, September 18, 2018

Collection: Two-Party Georgia Oral History Project

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Description

Keith W. Mason was born in Snellville, Georgia, on September 20, 1960. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and University of Georgia School of Law. Mason, a Democrat, began his career in politics working for Lieutenant Governor Zell Miller and U.S. Senator Sam Nunn. Mason managed Miller’s successful 1990 gubernatorial campaign and served as Governor Miller’s executive secretary (chief of staff) from 1991 until 1993. He became President Bill Clinton’s deputy director for intergovernmental affairs in 1993. Mason resigned in December 1995 and returned to Atlanta. He worked as senior vice president of Public Strategies, Inc. until becoming partner at Long, Aldridge & Norman (now Dentons) in 1997. Mason is principal at KWM Capital, a real estate and investment firm. He resides in Atlanta.

Mason talks about growing up in Gwinnett County and observing politics as a child in a politically active family. He reflects on his education at the Lovett School in Atlanta and the University of Georgia. Those researching Governor Zell Miller will be interested in his memories of meeting, interning, and working for Zell Miller. Mason reviews his service as campaign manager for Miller’s successful 1990 gubernatorial election as well as his time as Governor Miller’s chief of staff. He discusses Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential election and his time working in the Clinton White House. He recalls his time at McKenna, Long & Aldridge and consulting work with various Georgia Democrats. He analyzes recent elections, including the historic 2002 Georgia gubernatorial election and the 2016 presidential election. Mason discusses the state of the two-party system in Georgia including the collapse of Democratic Party and the rise of the Republican Party in the early 2000s.

Date

2018-09-18

Identifier

RBRL425TPGA-061

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Duration

162 minutes



Citation

Keith Mason and Ashton Ellett, “Interview with Keith Mason, September 18, 2018,” UGA Special Collections Libraries Oral Histories, accessed December 7, 2022, https://georgiaoralhistory.libs.uga.edu/RBRL425TPGA/RBRL425TPGA-061.

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