Interview SummaryLile (House 1972; 1982-1984, 27th district; House 1986-1996, 28th district; Republican) discusses his education, his decision to become an educator, his experience teaching, how he became interested in politics and his first campaign. He describes how the General Assembly has changed since he was first elected in 1971. He reflects on being in the minority party during the era of gubernatorial control, legislative independence, and what it means to be a Republican in Kentucky. He talks about his constituents' needs, his view of race relations in Louisville, his work on the education committee during the KERA debate, and his opposition to the bill. He gives his views on higher education curricula, the community college system, BOPTROT, and economic development. He concludes the interview reflecting on the need for a strong two-party system and the importance of legislators facing opponents in legislative races.
Interview LC SubjectBrown, John Young, Jr., 1933- Community colleges Economic development Educational change--Kentucky Hardin County (Ky.) Jefferson County (Ky.) Jones, Brereton Kentucky. Governor (1979-1983 : Brown) Kentucky. Governor (1991-1995 : Jones) Kentucky. Governor (1995-2003 : Patton) Legislators--Kentucky--Interviews Lile, William J., 1946- Lile, William J., 1946- --Interviews Lobbyists Louisville (Ky.) Patton, Paul E., 1937- Postsecondary education Race discrimination Race relations--Kentucky--Louisville Republican Party (Ky.) Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ) Richardson, Bobby H. School discipline Teachers--Kentucky--Biography
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Lile, William J. Interview by Jessica Flinchum. 11 Aug. 2006. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
Lile, W.J. (2006, August 11). Interview by J. Flinchum. Kentucky Legislature Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.
Lile, William J., interview by Jessica Flinchum. August 11, 2006, Kentucky Legislature Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
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