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This Day in Georgia History

August 07, 1927

George Busbee Born

Two-term governor George Busbee was born in Vienna, Georgia. Elected as state representative from Dougherty County in 1957, he served in the House for 18 years. He was elected governor in Nov. 1974, taking office in January 1975. At the time, Georgia’s constitution prohibited the governor from serving consecutive terms, but a constitutional amendment to allow a second term was approved by the voters in 1976. Busbee’s tenure is remembered for his efforts to run state government as a business, attracting out-of-state and international business and investments to Georgia, promising not to raise taxes, and promoting a new state constitution. During his administration, an editorial revision was made in the Constitution of 1945 and ratified by voters as the Constitution of 1976. Also, Busbee appointed a blue-ribbon commission to make substantive constitutional change. The results of that commission were sent to the General Assembly, which made a few changes and then sent the document to the voters for approval in the November 1982 general election. Thus, the Constitution of 1983–which, as amended, serves as our current state constitution, became George Busbee’s most lasting legacy. Busbee died in 2004.

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