About Us

For more than 85 years, the Institute of Government has worked with public officials throughout Georgia and around the world to improve governance and people's lives. From Georgia's early days as a largely agrarian state with a modest population to its modern-day status as a national and international force in business, industry, and politics with a population of almost 10 million, the Institute has helped government leaders navigate change and forge strong directions for a better Georgia.

About Carl Vinson

In 1983, the Institute of Government at the University of Georgia was renamed the Carl Vinson Institute of Government to honor Georgian Carl Vinson, the first person to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives for more than 50 years.

Born in Baldwin County, Georgia, in 1883, Vinson served as a U.S. Congressman from November 1914 to January 1965. During his 26 consecutive terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, Vinson was a champion for national defense, especially the modernization of the U.S. Navy. He served as chairman of the House Naval Affairs Committee and later the House Armed Services Committee. In recognition of his efforts, Vinson became one of the only living Americans to have a Navy vessel named for him—the USS Carl Vinson—in 1980.

To read more about Carl Vinson, see Melvin B. Hill Jr.'s "Carl Vinson: A Legend in His Own Time."

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