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Interview with Joe Barrows, August 18, 2006

Part of Kentucky Legislature Oral History Project

Interview with Joe Barrows, August 18, 2006
Christy Bohl; interviewer. Joe Barrows; interviewee.
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Barrows (House, 1980-2006; Democrat) talks about his family, growing up on a farm, his education, being in college during Vietnam War, college life in the 1960's, the civil rights movement as manifested in Woodford County, his work with the Legislative Research Commission, his work for Vic Hellard, his motivation to run for office and his first campaign. He discusses his philosophy of campaigning, his involvement with the Young Turks, block voting, the role of lobbyists, BOPTROT. He details his involvement with the budgeting process, the evolution of the legislature during his 26 years of service, the evolution of his constituents' needs, and the effect of public service on his family. Interview ends abruptly.
Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
University of Kentucky
Legislators -- Kentucky -- Interviews., Kentucky. Governor (1983-1987 : Collins), Educational change -- Kentucky., Lobbyists -- Kentucky., War and society., Civil rights movement -- United States. Political campaigns -- Kentucky., Apportionment (Election law), Agriculture, Kenton, William G., Ittihat ve Terakki Cemiyeti, General Assembly (House, 1980-2006 : Democrat), Woodford County (Ky.), Jessamine County (Ky.), Fayette County (Ky.), Franklin County (Ky.), House Majority Whip, farming, Vietnam War, Civil rights Movement, Hellard, Vic, Kenton, Bill (Boom Boom), Richardson, Bobby H., Blandford, Donald J., Education, redistricting (1996), Legislative Research Commission (LRC), campaigning, Young Turks, Freshman Caucus (1980), LeMaster, Jim, Budgets, block voting, Lobbyists, BOPTROT, Flynn's Restaurant, Collins, Martha Layne, Term/District: House, (1980-2006) 56th district, Leadership Position(s): Senate Majority Whip. 1998-2006, Counties in District: Woodford County (Ky.) -- Jessamine County (Ky.) -- Franklin Counth (Ky.) -- Fayette County (Ky.)
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