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.