House Honors Judge Jack Ruffin

Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H. Res. 1087, a resolution honoring the life of John H. “Jack” Ruffin, Jr. Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) introduced the resolution, which was co-sponsored by every member of the Georgia Delegation.

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Judge Jack Ruffin was born in Waynesboro, Georgia, and was a pioneer in the civil rights movement in Augusta. He received degrees from Morehouse College and Howard University, and returned home to fight for the desegregation of Augusta public schools and for equal justice under the law for African-Americans in Georgia.

He was the first African-American member of the Augusta Bar Association, the first African-American Superior Court judge in Augusta, and the first African-American Chief Judge of the Georgia State Court of Appeals.

Judge Ruffin passed away this past January at the age of 75.

Congressman Barrow delivered the following remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives in support of H. Res. 1087: