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This Day in Georgia History

February 16, 1936

Joe Frank Harris Born

To view an image of Joe Frank Harris, see the Georgia Archives

Politician Joe Frank Harris was born in Cartersville, Georgia. After obtaining a BBA from the University of Georgian in 1958, Harris served in the U.S Army, both on active duty and as a reserve, through 1964. In 1965 he was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives from his home district of Bartow County. In 1975, Harris became chairman of the House appropriations committee, continuing to serve in the House until Harris remained in this position until his election as governor in the fall of 1982. Harris served two terms as governor, from 1983-1991. His administration was noted promotion of economic development and passage of the Quality Basic Education Act.