Kennesaw State University acquires U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey’s official records

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  KENNESAW, Ga. (Dec. 5, 2014) — Kennesaw State University President Daniel S…

Georgia (Dec 5, 2014)


KENNESAW, Ga. (Dec. 5, 2014)  Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp and Rep. Phil Gingrey today signed a Deed of Gift transferring to the University the official papers of the six-term Republican congressman and former state senator.

Gingrey was elected as congressman for Georgia’s 11th District in 2002 and has served continuously in that role since assuming office in 2003. Prior to becoming a member of the U.S. Congress, Gingrey served as a Georgia state senator from 1999 to 2003, and also as a three-time chairman of the Marietta (Ga.) School Board.

Today’s Deed of Gift signing marked the official transfer of Gingrey’s records. Processing of Rep. Gingrey’s official collection will begin in early 2015.

“Kennesaw State is honored to be the recipient of Rep. Gingrey’s official papers, and we take great pride in knowing that we have been entrusted with this important part of our state’s and the nation’s historical record,” said Papp.

The papers will be made available to the public for research. The acquisition will allow scholars, students and members of the community to research the daily workings of the congressman and his interaction with constituents.

The donated records shed light on Gingrey’s positions on a wide range of national issues, including health care, water and the National Defense Authorization Act. Donated materials include records from Gingrey's current congressional assignments on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Administration Committee, as well as his earlier contributions on the Armed Services Committee, the Rules Committee, the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and the Science and Technology Committee. The gift also will include his Georgia Senate papers. In addition to his House committee where he is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight, Gingrey currently serves on the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe and the GOP Doctors Caucus.

Kennesaw State’s Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books provides stewardship for Kennesaw State's collections and presents exhibitions, public programs and outreach activities to engage the campus and the broader community. It comprises multiple units, including the Museum of History and Holocaust Education, the Bentley Rare Books Gallery, KSU Archives and the Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art.

“This donation marks Kennesaw State’s first congressional collection, and we hope others will follow Rep. Gingrey’s lead,” said Tamara Livingston, executive director of Museums, Archives and Rare Books. “Because of his strong ties to Marietta and Cobb County, Rep. Gingrey’s collection is of great importance to those interested in local history, as well as to political science students and researchers of national legislation.”

Gingrey’s career in politics began in 1993 when he was elected to the Marietta (Ga.) School Board. In 1994, he was elected chairman and served three terms in that post. He was elected to the Georgia Senate in 1999. He left the Senate in 2003 when he was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. He is concluding his sixth and final term in the House.

Born and raised in Augusta, Ga., Gingrey graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia Tech. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia.

Prior to entering politics, Gingrey ran a successful obstetrics and gynecology practice for 26 years, delivering approximately 5,200 babies over the course of his career. He currently resides in Marietta with his wife of 43 years, Billie Gingrey. The couple has four children.

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