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Interview with Charles Gregory Higdon, July 27, 2006

Part of Kentucky Legislature Oral History Project

Interview with Charles Gregory Higdon, July 27, 2006
Catherine Herdman; interviewer. Charles Gregory Higdon; interviewee.
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Higdon (Senate 1981-1991, 1st district; Democrat) talks about life in Fancy Farm, Kentucky, his Catholic upbringing, military service, and the annual Fancy Farm Picnic. He discusses early impressions of Frankfort as a new senator, serving on committees, campaigning, serving under several administrations, legislation for education reform, natural resources, infrastructure, and the lottery. He concludes the interview with a review of his duties as co-secretary of the for the Kentucky Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet under Governor Jones, and changes in the legislature since his retirement.
Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
University of Kentucky
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