Remembering Jack Connell

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FILE Rep. Jack connell raises his hand to get the attention of the Speaker of the House during the Feb. 4, 1974, session in Atlanta.
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FILE Jack Connell owned or managed several local businesses over the years, including the Sandwich City restaurant in Augusta, but he was probably best known for serving almost four decades as speaker pro tempore of the Georgia House of Representatives.
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Former Georgia House of Representatives Speaker Pro Tem Jack Connell, pictured in 2004, died Wednesday. FILESTAFF
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FILE Jack Connell began his first term in the Georgia House in 1969. After holding the chamber’s second-highest-ranking position for 26 years, Connell announced he would retire at the end of 2002 because it was “time to move on.”
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FILE Jack Connell and his wife, Nan, accept the gavel in January 1977.
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FILE Reps. Frank Pinkston, Jack Connell and Thomas B. Buck III work on the House floor in 1977.
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FILE Jack Connell served almost four decades in the Georgia House of Representatives.
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FILE Reps. R.A. Dent and Jack Connell work together in 1981.
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FILE Jack Connell owned or managed several local businesses over the years, including the Sandwich City restaurant in Augusta, but he was probably best known for serving 26 years as speaker pro tempore of the Georgia House of Representatives.
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FILE Rep. Jack Connell addresses the House in 1980.
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FILE Jack Connell talks with state Rep. Cathey Steinberg during the Jan. 13, 1982, session of the General Assembly.
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FILE Successful gubernatorial candidate Joe Frank Harris (left) speaks with Rep. Jack Connell in 1982.
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FILE Jack Connell served 26 years as speaker pro tempore of the Georgia House of Representatives.
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FILE Jack Connell, an Academy of Richmond County graduate, reads a proclamation from Gov. Joe Frank Harris in July 1983.
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FILE Jack Connell served 26 years as speaker pro tempore of the Georgia House of Representatives.
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FILE Reps. Tom Murphy (left) and Jack Connell work on the House floor in 1985.
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FILE Augusta Democrat Jack Connell spent 34 years in the Georgia House, from his election in 1968 until his retirement in 2002, the last 26 as speaker pro tempore. He served four years as the majority whip.
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FILE Augusta Democrat Jack Connell spent 34 years in the Georgia House, from 1968 until his retirement in 2002, the last 26 as speaker pro tempore. He served four years as the majority whip.
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FILE Augusta Democrat Jack Connell works with senior aide Lucy Ann McLendon.
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FILESTAFF With daughter Andrea and wife Nan at his side, Rep. Jack Connell addresses the Georgia House after being re-elected speaker pro tem Jan. 11, 1993.
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FILE Reps. Jack Connell and Don Castelberry work in the House in 1977.
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Democrat Jack Connell (left) talks with Sen. Charles Walker at B.L.'s Restaurant on Nov. 5, 2002, as 12th District candidate Champ Walker and campaign director Henry ingram look on. FILESTAFF
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Joe Vignati (from left) and Steve Shepard laugh with Jack Connell, who left public office in 2002 after more than three decades in the Georgia general assembly. FILESTAFF
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Tom Allgood (from left), Sen. Charles Walker and Jack Connell, all Augusta residents, were three of the most powerful men in the state in 1997. MICHAEL HOLAHANFILE
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Georgia Department of Transportation District Engineer Michael Thomas (from left) and Rep. Earnestine Howard congratulate Jack Connell and his wife, Nan Connell, after River Watch Parkway was dedicated in his honor in 2006. FILESTAFF
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Jack Connell enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1942 and served in World War II. He was in the 386th air group stationed at Colchester, England. FILE
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FILE Augusta Democrat Jack Connell spent 34 years in the Georgia House, from 1968 until his retirement in 2002, the last 26 as speaker pro tempore.
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Jack Connell owned or managed several local businesses over the years, including the Sandwich City restaurant in Augusta, but he was probably best known for serving almost four decades in the Georgia House of Representatives. FILESTAFF

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Jack Connell, an Augusta businessman known for his warm smile, humble sincerity and record-breaking legislative service, died Wednesday, February 6, 2013.

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