Interview with Ronald R. Cyrus, February 4, 2004

Cyrus (House 1976-1986, 98th district; Democrat) describes his early years in Russell County and his family's religious and political views. He also talks about his military service and its influence. Cyrus discusses his first campaign and involvement in local political races. As a legislator for over two decades, he discusses the personalities and leadership of Kentucky Governors Julian Carroll, Wendell Ford, John Y. Brown, Martha Layne Collins, Wallace Wilkinson, Brereton Jones, and Paul Patton. Cyrus also shares his memories of House leadership, including Bill Kenton, Bobby Richardson, and Don Blandford. He points out the difficulties of a legislator's time, pay, and committee work. Cyrus also describes monumental moments in the Kentucky legislature, including health care reform, Toyota, KERA, and BOPTROT. He recounts several memories of his contemporaries, including Terry McBrayer, Helen Garrett, and Albert Robinson, to name but a few. Cyrus also shares personal memories of his son's notoriety as an internationally known music star.

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Blandford, Donald J.   Boyd County (Ky.)   Capital punishment--Kentucky   Chandler, Ben, 1959-   Cyrus, Billy Ray, 1961-   Cyrus, Ronald Ray, 1935-2006   Cyrus, Ronald Ray, 1935-2006--Interviews   Freedom of information--Kentucky   Garrett, Helen Marie Rickman, 1929-2006   Greenup County (Ky.)   Health care reform--Kentucky   Kenton, William G.   Kentucky. Education Reform Act (1990)   Kentucky. Governor (1971-1974 : Ford)   Kentucky. Governor (1974-1979 : Carroll)   Kentucky. Governor (1979-1983 : Brown)   Kentucky. Governor (1983-1987 : Collins)   Kentucky. Governor (1987-1991 : Wilkinson)   Kentucky. Governor (1991-1995 : Jones)   Kentucky. Governor (1995-2003 : Patton)   Legislators--Kentucky--Interviews   Lowman, Harry King, 1913-1977   May, Woody, 1929-   McBrayer, W. Terry, 1937-   Open and closed shop--Law and legislation--United States   Right to labor--Kentucky   Robinson, Albert, 1938-   Workers' compensation  

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