Joe Frank Harris

Joe Frank Harris

Joe Frank Harris
78th Governor of Georgia
In office
January 11, 1983 – January 13, 1991
Lieutenant Zell Miller
Preceded by George Busbee
Succeeded by Zell Miller
Personal details
Born (1936-02-16) February 16, 1936
Cartersville, Georgia
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Carlock
Alma mater University of Georgia
Religion Methodist

Joe Frank Harris (born February 16, 1936) is an Georgia from 1983 to 1991.


  • Early life and career 1
  • Gubernatorial campaign 2
  • Gubernatorial accomplishments 3
  • Board of regents 4
  • Georgia State University 5
  • Legacy 6
  • References 7
  • See also 8

Early life and career

Harris was born in the Atco Mill Village of Georgia House of Representatives in 1964 and served nine terms. Harris became the chairman of the Appropriations Committee in 1974.

Gubernatorial campaign

When he ran for Governor in 1982, Harris was seen as a Tom Murphy, he was able to win the primary over U.S. Representative Bo Ginn. Memphis, Tenn.-based consultant Deloss Walker played a key role in Harris' successful 1982 campaign.

Gubernatorial accomplishments

As Governor, Harris created and implemented the Quality Basic Education Act (QBE), built the

Political offices
Preceded by
George Busbee
Governor of Georgia
Succeeded by
Zell Miller
  • New Georgia Encyclopedia Article.

See also

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The portion of University of Georgia, the main entrance to the Georgia Ports Authority in Brunswick, Georgia (Joe Frank Harris Blvd.), and the main entrance to the Georgia State Fairgrounds in Perry (Governor Joe Frank and Mrs. Elizabeth Harris Blvd.).


From 1995 through 2009 Harris served at Aflac.

Georgia State University

[1] After two terms as Governor, Harris was appointed to the

Board of regents