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Interview with William J. "Bill" Lile, August 11, 2006

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Interview with William J. "Bill" Lile, August 11, 2006
Jessica Flinchum; interviewer. William J. "Bill" Lile; interviewee.
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Lile (House 1972; 1982-1984, 27th district; House 1986-1996, 28th district; Republican) discusses his education, his decision to become an educator, his experience teaching, how he became interested in politics and his first campaign. He describes how the General Assembly has changed since he was first elected in 1971. He reflects on being in the minority party during the era of gubernatorial control, legislative independence, and what it means to be a Republican in Kentucky. He talks about his constituents' needs, his view of race relations in Louisville, his work on the education committee during the KERA debate, and his opposition to the bill. He gives his views on higher education curricula, the community college system, BOPTROT, and economic development. He concludes the interview reflecting on the need for a strong two-party system and the importance of legislators facing opponents in legislative races.
Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
University of Kentucky
Legislators -- Kentucky -- Interviews., Teachers -- Kentucky -- Biography., Republican Party (U. S. : 1854- ) -- Kentucky., Race relations -- Kentucky -- Louisville., Educational change -- Kentucky., Kentucky. Governor (1979-1983 : Brown), Kentucky. Governor (1991-1995 : Jones), Kentucky. Governor (1995-2003 : Patton), Louisville (Ky.), legislative independence, Richardson, Bobby, Brown, John Y. Jr., Jones, Brereton, Patton, Paul, education reform, Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA), racial discrimination, open housing legislation, school discipline, postsecondary education, community colleges, BOPTROT, Kentucky Dam Village State Park, pre-legislative conference, lobbyists, economic development, Key Legislation: Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA), Term and District: House (1972, 1982-1984), 27th district; House (1986-1996), 28th district, Leadership Position(s): Senate Minority Whip, 1988-1990, Counties in District: Jefferson County (Ky.) -- Hardin County (Ky.)
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