Former Congressman Jack Brinkley dies in Columbus at 88

Earlier this morning, former Congressman Jack Brinkley (D-Columbus) died at St. Francis Hospital of natural causes, according to the Ledger-Enquirer.

Congressman Brinkley was born in Faceville, Georgia in Decatur County on December 22, 1930. He received his undergraduate degree from Young Harris College and served as a pilot in the United States Air Force. He later attended the University of Georgia Law School and made Columbus, Georgia his home where he began to practice in 1959. Brinkley served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1967 to 1983.

Below you can watch as Rep. Jack Brinkley introduces a house bill to fund the historical preservation of the Trail of Tears.

Rest in peace, rise in glory, Sir.

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