Family and friends confirm Jack Brinkley, a Columbus born and raised politician and attorney, passed away early Wednesday morning.
Brinkley celebrated his 88th birthday in December and lost his son in November. He served in the U.S. Congress representing Georgia from 1967 to 1983. Before that, he served Columbus in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1965-1966 .
Congressman Sanford Bishop, who now represents Columbus in Brinkley’s place, released a statement on his predecessor’s death. It reads:
“I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my dear friend, former Congressman Jack Brinkley. He was a great representative in Washington for our area and he served us with great distinction. Our nation has lost an exceptional public servant, and I have lost a trusted friend and mentor. Georgia and the nation are truly better because of his service and we extend our sincerest condolences to his family and friends.”
–Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02)