The Passing of Bo Callaway

March 18, 2014

Fellow Republicans,

On Saturday, a legend and leader in the Georgia Republican Party, Howard “Bo” Callaway, passed away.

The first Georgia Republican in Congress since Reconstruction, Bo was a clear, clarion voice for conservative values, principles, and policies at a time when Democrats dominated the Deep South.

As the Georgia Republican Party struggled to grow in numbers and influence, Bo traveled the state to support like-minded candidates, raise resources, and build momentum for conservative causes.  For years, his efforts appeared well intentioned but fruitless.  But finally, with the successful campaigns of Mack Mattingly (1980) and Paul Coverdell (1992), the Georgia Republican Party emerged as a force to be reckoned with in Peach State politics.

It was with purpose and perseverance that Bo planted the seeds that grew the Georgia Republican Party into what it is today.   Thanks to his service to the cause, Republicans hold majorities in both chambers of the Georgia General Assembly.  Because of his sacrifice, a Georgia Republican holds every statewide constitutional office, including Governor.

Bo Callaway was an inspirational leader and will be sorely missed.  People like Bo cannot be easily replaced but I am confident that his story will inspire generations of Republicans for years to come.

On behalf of the Georgia Republican Party, we offer our thoughts and prayers to Bo’s loved ones.   I hope you will join me this week in honoring the legacy of the one of the Party’s most revered and beloved patriarchs, Mr. Howard “Bo” Callaway.


John Padgett
Georgia Republican Party, Chairman

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