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Interview with James G. Lemaster, July 30, 2002

Part of Kentucky Legislature Oral History Project

Interview with James G. Lemaster, July 30, 2002
Eric Moyen; interviewer. James G. Lemaster; interviewee.
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LeMaster (House 1976-1994, 72nd district; Democrat) discusses growing up in Paris, Kentucky, early political involvement, playing basketball for the University of Kentucky, the impact of reapportionment on the role of the legislator, education reform, and changes in his philosophy on legislative responsibility during his term. Highlights include his impressions of several governors and other leaders in the legislature, his time as majority leader (1982-1984), his work on legislation related to the horse industry and on the Kentucky Cities Committee. He concludes with a look at his current connection to the legislature as a lobbyist for a health insurance company.
Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
University of Kentucky
Legislators -- Kentucky -- Interviews., Basketball players -- Kentucky -- Biography., Apportionment (Election law) -- Kentucky., Educational changes -- Kentucky., Horse industry -- Law and legislation -- Kentucky., Lobbyists -- Kentucky., Kentucky. Governor (1987-1991 : Wilkinson), Kentucky. Governor (1991-1995 : Jones), Kentucky. Governor (1974-1979 : Carroll), Kentucky. Governor (1979-1983 : Brown), Kentucky. Governor (1983-1987 : Collins), Paris (Ky.), Mulloy, Pat, Combs, Bert T., LeMaster family, Brown, John Y. Jr., Richardson, Bobby, Carroll, Julian, Kenton, Bill (Boom Boom), Collins, Martha Layne, Wilkinson, Wallace, Jones, Brereton, Judiciary Committee, Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA), Toyota Manufacturing (Georgetown, Ky.), Southern Legislative Conference, Kentucky Cities Committee, party factions, University of Kentucky, basketball, redistricting, campaigning, annual sessions, law practice, role of legislature, legislative independence, court reform, leadership, education reform, tax legislation, political bargaining, regionalism, BOPTROT, ethics legislation, horse industry, Key Legislation:Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA); horse industry legislation, Term/District:House (1976-1994), 72nd district, Leadership Position(s): House Majority Leader, 1982-1984, Counties in District: Bourbon County (Ky.), Fayette County (Ky.), Nicholas County (Ky.)
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