Ronald 'Bo' Ginn

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Not related to David 'Bo' Ginn, member of the Louisiana State Senate from 1980 to 1988.
Bo Ginn
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1983
Preceded by George E. Hagan
Succeeded by Lindsay Thomas
Personal details
Born Ronald Bryan Ginn
(1934-05-31)May 31, 1934
Morgan, Georgia
Died January 2, 2005(2005-01-02) (aged 70)
Augusta, Georgia
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Gloria Ginn
Alma mater Georgia Southern College

Ronald Bryan Ginn, known as 'Bo' Ginn (May 31, 1934 – January 2, 2005), represented Georgia's 1st congressional district in the United States House of Representatives.

Ginn was born in Morgan, Georgia and attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia from 1951 through 1953 and Georgia Southern College in Statesboro where he earned a degree in 1956. Ginn served as administrative assistant to U.S. Senator Herman Talmadge and U.S. Congressman George Elliott Hagan. He successfully ran against Hagan as a Democrat to win the 1st District congressional seat in 1972 to the 93rd United States Congress. He served five consecutive terms in that seat before stepping down to run for Governor of Georgia in 1982.[1]

During his time in the House, Ginn was considered one of South Georgia's most influential legislators, and credited with helping to bring several United States Navy bases to the area, as well as to protect Fort Stewart when its future seemed shaky. In the 1982 Georgia gubernatorial election, Ginn lost in the primary to Joe Frank Harris. His political career over, he founded the Ginn & Eddington lobbying firm in Washington, D.C. and later moved to Augusta, Georgia to be closer to his children.[2]

Ginn's wife Gloria died in 1998; Ginn was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2003 and succumbed to the disease on January 2, 2005. He was survived by three children seven grandchildren.[2]

In 1988, the Millen National Fish Hatchery at Magnolia Springs State Park was named in honor of Ginn. The state park was a project of the Civilian Conservation Corps opened in 1939 in Jenkins County, midway between Augusta and Savannah and had been the location of Camp Lawton, a prisoner of war center during the Civil War. The Fish and Wildlife Service opened the hatchery in 1950 and operated it until 1996 when it was unable to continue funding the center and transferred control to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The state of Georgia operated the hatchery and adjacent aquarium until 2009 when the Jenkins County Development Authority assumed operation of the hatchery for one year, but was unable to fund the aquarium.[3]


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  2. ^ a b Bernstein, Adam (8 January 2005). "Rep. Ronald Ginn, 70; Georgia Democrat". The Washington Post. p. B05. Retrieved 2014-08-08. 
  3. ^ "Bo Ginn National Fish Hatchery and Aquarium". Fish and Wildlife Service. 20 August 2010. Retrieved 2014-08-08. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
George Elliott Hagan
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 1st congressional district

January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1983
Succeeded by
Robert Lindsay Thomas