Ed Jenkins is a native Georgian, born in Young Harris and reared in neighboring Union County, and his family now lives in Jasper, Georgia.
He is a graduate of Young Harris College, attended Emory University, and graduated from the University of Georgia Law School in 1959.
He served as an assistant United States Attorney in Atlanta and practiced law in Jasper, Georgia, until his election to the U.S. Congress in 1976. Jenkins represented the 9th Congressional District of Georgia for 16 years until his retirement in 1993.
During his Congressional service he served on the Committe on Ways and Means; the House Committee on the Budget; the Ethics Committee; and the Iran-Contra Investigations Committee. He also served as Chairman of the Textile Causus and was a deputy whip in the House. In addition to his sponsorship and passage of numerous tax and trade bills during his 16 years of service on the Ways and Means Committee, he also sponsored and passed into law numerous land and mountain preservation bills. Upon leaving office, the Congress named and designated a large mountain tract in North Georgia the "Ed Jenkins National Recreation Area."
Since his retirment from the Congress, Ed has served on the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, serving as Chairman of the Board since 1998. He has also served as a partner in the consulting firm of Winburn & Jenkins in Washington, D.C.
He is married to the former Jo Thomasson of Blairsville, Georgia, and they have two daughters, Jan and Amy along with two grandsons, Samuel and Andrew Dotson.