Martha Layne Collins

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Interviews with key people in Martha Layne Collins' cabinet and campaign documenting her political career and major accomplishments as governor. These include the Toyota negotiation and education reform. Interviewees also talk about challenges she faced as Kentucky's first woman governor.

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Martha Layne Collins

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Ms. Fraas interviews Gordon Duke who was the finance secretary for the Collins administration. During the interview, they discuss how he became involved in Kentucky politics and the Collins administration. They also talk about the finance problems the administration faced, the changes within the Collins administration, the energy crisis, the…

Mr. Joe Prather, Mrs. Collins's campaign manager for the governor election. They talked about how he met Martha Collins, how Martha ran her campaign, how she was able to overcome the female candidacy issue, how she won the election, and how she learned to carry out her duties as governor. They also discussed the issues Martha Collins faced when…

In this interview, Ms. Fraas turns her attention to Mrs. Collins' campaign strategist, Harrison Hickman. During the interview, Ms. Fraas questions Mr. Harrison about Martha Collins's campaign. They discuss campaign strategies, challenges and advantages for female candidates, committee responsibilities, Martha's qualities as a politician, polling…

Ms. Fraas interviews Crit Luallen who served as Secretary of the Arts for the Collins administration. During the interview, they talk about Ms. Luallen's background in politics and her role in Martha Collins's 1984 campaign and, the resulting Toyota Project.

Ms. Fraas interviews Mary Helen Miller who was the executive assistant and natural resources secretary to the Martha Layne Collins administration. During the interview, they discuss Miller's political career and her duties within the governor's office. They also talk about the changes going on within the Collins administration, the duties…

Ms. Fraas interviews Mr. Bob Stewart who was head of the Tourism Department for the Martha Collins Administration. During the interview, they discuss the 1984 campaign, the transition from lieutenant governor's office to governor's office, and the governor's role as a professional woman, wife, and mother. They also talk about the issues Governor…

On July 19, 2002, Elizabeth Fraas interviewed Ted Sauer who worked as a commerce development staffer and Toyota negotiator for the Martha Layne Collins Administration. During the interview, he discusses the Brown administration, the Collins administration, and the negotiations for the Toyota deal. He also talks about his experiences working with…

Ms. Fraas is interviewing Mrs. Collins and Larry Hayes. During this session, they discuss campaign strategies, debates, financial issues with her education reform and economic development movements, and female occupations. They also talk about the importance of having an active leader as well as an active committee in the creation of new…

Martha Layne Collins, the first female Lieutenant Governor of the state of Kentucky, was born December 7, 1936 in Shelby County, KY. In this interview with Ms. Fraas, Governor Collins discusses how she went from being a teacher to a politician and how she was able to successfully merge her family and political life together. The former governor…
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