In 1983, a local legislator, Bob Argo, made a comment in a class presentation that would change the lives of many Family and Consumer Science students.
He simply stated that he wished to be more responsive to his constituents in the form of answering letters, telephone calls, and visits to the capitol during the session of the General Assembly.
In response, Dean Emerita Emily Pou suggested a student assistant. Her offer was accepted. Because students would need financial support to live in Atlanta during the legislative session, Dean Pou asked Dr. Jessie Mize, former Department Head of Housing and Consumer Economics, for her support. Over the years, many others have contributed to this program.
Internship programs are funded by the Mize Ritchie Legislative Aide or the Jack Ellard Legislative Aide endowments.
Since that time, the program has grown to include all four of the Athens area representatives and an aide to the Women's Legislative Caucus in the Georgia General Assembly, and one congressional (Washington) legislator from Georgia.
This program has had many able and visionary leaders. From 1983-1993, Dr. Anne Sweaney served as the Legislative/Congressional Aide coordinator. This program has since been supervised by Emeritus Dean Richard Endsley, Associate Dean Chris Todd, Dr. Mick Coleman, Associate Dean Dr. Jorge Atiles, and Associate Dean Dr. Jan Hathcote. Currently this program is being supervised by Dean Linda Kirk Fox.