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Greens mourn the passing of Billy McKinney, Cynthia’s father

WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party leaders expressed sadness and sympathy for the family of former Georgia State Rep. James Edward “Billy” McKinney, father of Cynthia McKinney, after his passing on Thursday, July 15, following a long illness.  He was 83.

Billy McKinney served as a state legislator in Georgia for 30 years.  Cynthia McKinney, the Green Party’s 2008 presidential nominee and a former six-term Georgia member of the US House of Representatives, also served in the Georgia legislature.  They became the first father-daughter duo in the Georgia House when Ms. McKinney was first elected in 1992. Continue Reading

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Billy McKinney, Cynthia McKinney’s father, dead at 83

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that Billy McKinney has died of cancer at the age of 83. He supported Cynthia McKinney’s Presidential bid with the Green Party in 2008, attending the nominating convention with her.

McKinney, like his daughter, was a Georgia state legislator. He was a police officer and a community activist. His Wikipedia entry is here.