Bobby H. Richardson; interviewee. Jessica Flinchem; interviewer.
Richardson (House 1970-1992, 23rd district; Democrat) recalls his family's mercantile business, the one-room schoolhouse he attended, his early political influences, and his reasons for choosing a political affiliation different from his family's. He discusses changes in both political party platforms, legislation for no-fault divorce and probate of estates, the committee system, his role as Majority Floor Leader (1976-1982) and Speaker of the House (1982-1985) in advancing legislative independence, education reform, and the role of lobbyists.
Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
University of Kentucky
Legislators -- Kentucky -- Interviews., Rural schools -- Kentucky., Kentucky. General Assembly -- Reform., Educational change -- Kentucky., Lobbyists -- Kentucky., Kentucky. Governor (1974-1979 : Carroll), Kentucky. Governor (1979-1983 : Brown), Brown, John Y. Jr., Carroll, Julian, mercantile, one-room schools, Democratic Party, Republican Party, campaigning, probate of estates, no-fault divorce, committees, legislative independence, bail bonds, office space for legislators, retirement, in vitro fertilization, separation of church and state, lobbyists, ethics reform, BOPTROT, Key Legislation: no-fault divorce; probate of estates, Term and District: House (1970-1992), 23rd district, Leadership Position(s): House Majority Floor Leader, 1976-1982 -- Speaker of the House, 1982-1985, Counties in District: Barren County (Ky.) -- Metcalfe County (Ky.)
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