Retired Georgia lawmaker Roy Rowland passed away at the age of 96

Georgia politician and physician, J. Roy Rowland passed away Monday at the age of 96, according to 13 WMAZ who reported the local politician’s passing. 

Rowland, (February 3, 1926 – April 25, 2022) was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1983 and represented Georgia’s 8th District. 

Prior to his work in Washington, D.C., Rowland was a member of the Georgia House of Representatives where he represented the 119th district where he served in office from 1976 to 1982.

The lawmaker was born in Wrightsville, Georgia, and later earned a medical degree following his service in World War II. 

Rowland served in the area of Dublin, Georgia, and later served in the House of Representatives for more than a decade, assisting those in the federal lawmaking with his medical knowledge during the AIDS crisis.

According to local news, Roland left office in 1994 and returned home to Dublin where the city welcomed him with open arms, and even renamed its local courthouse for him, dubbing it the J. Roy Rowland Federal Courthouse.

The University of Georgia‘s Summary of the former lawmaker’s career covered some of his greatest achievements:

“As one of the few medical doctors in Congress (the only doctor in Congress from 1985 to 1988), Rowland capitalized on his experience as a family physician in a largely rural district of Georgia to develop new legislation and contribute to commissions, coalitions, caucuses, and task forces.

“Rowland belonged to the following House committees and subcommittees: Energy and Commerce Committee (1989-1994), Health and the Environment subcommittee, Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Competitiveness subcommittee, Transportation and Hazardous Materials subcommittee; Veterans’ Affairs Committee (1983-1994), Hospitals and Health Care subcommittee (chairman, 1993-1994), Housing and Memorial Affairs subcommittee; Public Works and Transportation Committee (1983-1989), Airports and Aviation subcommittee; Select Committee on Children, Youth and Families (1983-1994).”