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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with James E. Holshouser Jr., January 31, 1998. Interview C-0328-1. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Having fun in the legislature

Although Holshouser entered the North Carolina State Legislature just before a historic collapse for the Republican Party, he enjoyed his tenure there, he recalls.

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Oral History Interview with James E. Holshouser Jr., January 31, 1998. Interview C-0328-1. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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JACK FLEER:
Being in the legislature, can you tell a little bit about your experience. You were one of few Republicans.
JAMES E. HOLSHOUSER, JR.:
That is right. I believe we had 21 the first year I was there. Then in 1965 it dropped down to 11 or 12 or 13, some where in there, just next to nothing. I really loved the legislature. It was really fun; the challenge of trying to persuade enough people to your point of view about something on the committees and even on the floor at times. I was one of those freshmen that probably talked more than I should have. Asked any question that came to mind. If I didn't understand something I would just ask it. I decided early on that you are never going to get the answers if you are afraid to embarrass yourself by admitting you are ignorant.