Interview with Julian M. Carroll, November 16, 2011

Project: Julian M. Carroll Oral History Project

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Julian M. Carroll is the former Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives, former Lieutenant Governor and Governor of the state, and current State Senator as of the time of this interview. In this interview he discusses his early political aspirations and his decision to run for State Representative in 1961. He discusses his family's influence on his political philosophy, and discusses his style of leadership, which often involved circumventing bureaucracy and other regulations.

Throughout the interview he discusses his relationships with and opinions of other politicians, including Bert T. Combs, Wendell Ford, Louie Nunn, Ned Breathitt, Wilson Wyatt, J. R. Miller, Henry Ward, and many others. He discusses their influence on his political career, as well as his influence on their careers. He gives much insight into his political campaigns, why certain people were chosen to run instead of others, and the impact these politicians have had on politics and government. He discusses the role of legislators and Kentucky governors, as well as the role of Speaker of the House of Representatives and the changes he made as Speaker.

Carroll discusses several issues he dealt with throughout his political career, including the issue of state income taxes, the Civil Rights Act, procedures in the General Assembly, the Open Housing Bill, government budgets and funding, legislation regarding bail bonds which led to threats on his life, and progress in legislative independence. He discusses his relationship with the media, which was positive until he became governor in 1976, at which time he came under fire from various sources accusing him of corruption, for which he was never found guilty.

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2011oh237_kp056

Interviewee Name

Julian M. Carroll

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Jeffrey Suchanek

Interview Date

2011-11-16

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Carroll, Julian M. Interview by Jeffrey Suchanek. 16 Nov. 2011. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Carroll, J.M. (2011, November 16). Interview by J. Suchanek. Julian M. Carroll Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Carroll, Julian M., interview by Jeffrey Suchanek. November 16, 2011, Julian M. Carroll Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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