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Interview with Kenneth F. Harper, July 17, 2006

Part of Kentucky Legislature Oral History Project

Interview with Kenneth F. Harper, July 17, 2006
Christy Bohl; interviewer. Kenneth F. Harper; interviewee.
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Harper (House 1962-1968; 1982-1994, 63rd district; Republican) discusses his education, the importance of religion, his family's political interests, service in the Korean War, the decision to run for office, campaigning for his first office in 1963, his service in Nunn's administration, and Nunn's work on Northern Kentucky issues. He also talks about his work with the Department of Child Welfare, the day he was acting governor, and his expectations of serving in the House. He reflects on the collegiality of the legislature during the time he served and compares it to the current legislature, the move toward legislative independence and his views on the Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA), the budget process, Northern Kentucky University, and sales tax increases. He gives his impressions of the civil rights movement in Kentucky, the open housing bill, the Republican Party in Northern Kentucky, lobbyists, tourism, and his legislative philosophy.
Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
University of Kentucky
Legislators -- Kentucky -- Interviews., Korean War, 1950-1953., Political campaigns -- Kentucky., Kentucky. General Assembly -- Reform., Sales tax -- Law and legislation -- Kentucky., Discrimination -- Law and legislation -- Kentucky., Secretary of State (1971-1972), religion, education, Korean War, Nunn, Louie B., Northern Kentucky, Kentucky Department of Child Welfare, Frankfort State Hospital, mental health, Northern Kentucky caucus, Breathitt, Edward (Ned), legislative independence, budget, sales tax legislation, Northern Kentucky University, VanHoose, Wendell, Ball, Don, pre-legislative conference, civil rights, open housing bill, Republican Party, lobbyists, regionalism, merit pay, Brown, John Y. Jr., Collins, Martha Layne, Ford, Wendell, Carroll, Julian, tourism, Northern Kentucky Convention Center, gubernatorial succession, ethics legislation, Term and District: House (1962-1968; 1982-1994), 63rd district, Leadership Position(s): House Minority Caucus Chair, 1971, Counties in District: Kenton County (Ky.)
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