John James Flynt, Jr.

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John James Flynt, Jr.
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 6th district
In office
January 3, 1965 – January 3, 1979
Preceded by Carl Vinson
Succeeded by Newt Gingrich
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 4th district
In office
November 2, 1954 – January 3, 1965
Preceded by Albert Sidney Camp
Succeeded by James MacKay
Personal details
Born (1914-11-08)November 8, 1914
Griffin, Georgia
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Griffin, Georgia
Political party Democratic Party

John James Flynt, Jr. (November 8, 1914 – June 24, 2007) was a United States Representative from Georgia.

Born in Griffin, Georgia, Flynt attended the public schools and Georgia Military Academy (now the Woodward Academy). He later attended the University of Georgia at Athens where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Literary Society and received an A.B. in 1936. He served in the United States Army from 1936 to 1937 and again from 1941 to 1945; he was also a member of the United States Army Reserve.

Flynt attended the Emory University School of Law in 1937 and 1938 and graduated from George Washington University Law School in 1940. He was a lawyer in private practice and was assistant United States attorney for northern district of Georgia from 1939 to 1941 and again in 1945 and 1946. He was a member of the Georgia House of Representatives 1947–1948, and was solicitor general for Griffin Judicial Circuit from 1949 to 1954. In 1952–1954, he was president of the Georgia Bar Association. Flynt was a delegate to the Georgia State Democratic conventions in 1946, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, and 1966, and was a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions of 1960 and 1968.

Flynt was elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-third Congress by special election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Representative A. Sidney Camp, and at the same time was elected to the Eighty-fourth Congress. He was reelected to the eleven succeeding Congresses, serving from November 2, 1954 to January 3, 1979.[1] While in Congress, he was chair of the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct (Ninety-fourth and Ninety-fifth Congresses).

Jack Flynt was the focus of two books by the political scientist, Richard Fenno: Home Style and Congress at the Grassroots. He was one of the most conservative Democrats in the House. A staunch segregationist, in 1956, Flynt signed the Southern Manifesto.

Flynt was reelected nine times without serious difficulty, eight of those times unopposed. He only faced a Republican only once during this time, in 1966. The Republican Party was more or less nonexistent in most of Georgia well into the 1970s.

However, in 1974, he was nearly defeated by political newcomer Newt Gingrich, a professor at the University of West Georgia. This came as a considerable surprise, as 1974 was a very bad year for Republicans nationally due to fallout from Watergate. After an equally close rematch against Gingrich in 1976 (despite former governor Jimmy Carter's bid for president), Flynt opted not to run for reelection in 1978, when his district was finally won by Gingrich. Gingrich's eventual success was largely due to changing demographics. By the early 1970s, the southern and western suburbs of Atlanta had begun spilling into the district, and gradually swamped the native-born farming and small-town population in the voting booth. Over time, Northern transplants and refugees from an increasingly African-American Atlanta came to have little or no use for traditional "Dixiecrats" such as Flynt. Gingrich benefited from this population shift.

After leaving Congress, Flynt resumed the practice of law and farming operations. He engaged in banking and real estate, and lived in Griffin, Georgia until his death in 2007.[2]


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 4th congressional district

November 2, 1954 – January 3, 1965
Succeeded by
James MacKay
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 6th congressional district

January 3, 1965 – January 3, 1979
Succeeded by
Newt Gingrich