Interview with Joe Lane Travis, July 12, 2006

Project: Kentucky Legislature Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Travis (Senate, 1981-1988; 9th district; Republican) discusses his family, growing up during World War II, the effect of mass communications technologies on society, his friendship with Louie B. Nunn, his decision to switch from the Democratic to the Republican party, the conservatism of Western Kentucky Democrats, how he got involved in politics, his legislative strategies, his resistance to lobbyists, the influence of special interest groups on the legislative process, his insistence on reading every bill he voted for, the legislative process, his work on the Whistle Blower Bill, his opinion of ethanol as a replacement for gasoline, his concern about health insurance costs, and his opposition to retirement plans for legislators. He recounts going to Japan during the Korean War. He suggests reasons for the migration of many Southern Democrats to the Republican Party, describes his objections to social security and disability insurance, his support of "right to work" laws, and his belief in the primacy of fostering economic growth as a legislative priority. Travis often returns to the theme of the lack of honesty and integrity in politics.

Interview Accession

2006oh116_leg119

Interviewee Name

Joe Lane Travis

Interviewer Name

Jessica Flinchem

Interview Date

2006-07-12

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Travis, Joe Lane Interview by Jessica Flinchem. 12 Jul. 2006. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Travis, J.L. (2006, July 12). Interview by J. Flinchem. Kentucky Legislature Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Travis, Joe Lane, interview by Jessica Flinchem. July 12, 2006, Kentucky Legislature Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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