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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today congratulated Kelly Loeffler, chief executive officer of Atlanta-based financial services firm Bakkt, on her appointment to the U.S. Senate. Loeffler was appointed by Governor Brian Kemp to fill the vacancy that will be created by Isakson’s upcoming resignation from the Senate on Dec. 31. 

Loeffler will be the first Republican woman to serve in the U.S. Senate from Georgia. The first woman to serve in the Senate from Georgia was a Democrat who served for one day in 1922. 

“I congratulate Kelly Loeffler on her historic appointment to the United States Senate. Kelly’s business experience and acumen will be an asset to Georgia and the Senate. The same tireless work ethic that has helped her succeed in business will also help her succeed in serving Georgians and our nation,” said Isakson. “It has been the honor of a lifetime for me to serve this great state in the U.S. Senate, and my staff and I will work closely with Kelly to ensure a smooth transition.” 

Isakson announced on Aug. 28 that he would resign from the Senate effective Dec. 31, 2019, due to mounting health challenges. He is vacating the seat halfway thru his third six-year term. 

Loeffler will take over Isakson’s seat on Jan. 1, 2020, and will serve until a special election is held on Nov. 3, 2020. The winner of the special election will serve out the remainder of Isakson’s six-year term through Jan. 3, 2023.

The only other woman to serve in the Senate from Georgia was Democrat Rebecca Felton, who was also appointed and who served for just 24 hours in 1922.