The Georgia Political Papers and Oral History Program is comprised of over 3,000 linear feet of archival collections, along with an extensive number of oral history interviews, that document the unique political culture of the state of Georgia.
John Stuckey was born in the state of Louisiana. He attended Louisiana State University where he obtained a degree in American history. After his discharge from the Army, Stuckey served as a Campaign Aide to President Richard M. Nixon, as Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator William Brock, and as Special Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC). In the late 1980s, he was elected Chairman of the Republican Party of Georgia and served as a Member of the Republican National Committee and as Chairman of the Association of Southern Republican Chairmen. He served as Georgia Chairman of several Republican presidential campaigns, as well as Co-Chairman of the Campaign Finance Committees and as Chairman of Georgia's Federal Selection Committee. For ten years, until 2004, he chaired the G-8 Joint Campaign Finance Committee for Georgia's U.S. Congressional Delegation. Stuckey owns the consulting firm of John Stuckey and Associates in Newnan, GA.; Interviewed by Dr. Mel Steely on December 10, 2003 at the UWG-TV studio.; Stuckey begins by briefly speaking of his family and his education in his home state of Louisiana at Louisiana State University. He speaks of his involvement with ROTC and the Army during the Vietnam War. After leaving the Army, he recounts his involvement with Capitol Hill as a civilian and with Richard Nixon's campaign for president. He served as Chief of Staff for Senator Bill Brock but then decided to leave politics and go into the private practice of law, which ultimately led him to Atlanta, GA. Stuckey speaks of the building of the Republican Party in Georgia, his position as state chairman, and the politicians with which he aligned. He then speaks of the shift from his particular group of Republicans to those associated with Pat Robertson and the Christian Coalition of America, a move he believes was a setback to the Republican Party. Stuckey discusses the Republican Party's transition into the 1990s, discussing figures such as President George W. Bush, Newt Gingrich, and Bill Brock. The discussion ends with Stuckey explaining why he does not plan on running for office in the future and provides an assessment of Governor Sonny Perdue.