What Others Are Saying

Serving as U.S. senator since 2005, Johnny Isakson was a household political name in Georgia for decades before that, having served in the U.S. House of Representatives and in the Georgia General Assembly. Currently recognized as one of the most conservative U.S. senators, the longstanding public servant speaks loudly regarding issues such as illegal immigration and immigration reform and has introduced legislation concerning both.

During the financial crisis of 2008, the Senate passed Isakson’s legislation to create the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission to investigate the near collapse of the banking system and loss of tens of trillions of dollars. As current chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and himself a veteran, Isakson and his peers sought this Congressional session to improve mental healthcare and suicide prevention resources for American veterans, praising the full Senate’s unanimous passing of the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act. He also serves as chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee.

“I understand that no man accomplishes anything on his own merit, but you do so by getting a collection of people to come together on common ground,” he told Georgia Trend in 2007. “That’s the way I’ve always operated.”

Isakson is also recognized as a business leader in the Atlanta area, having served two decades as president of Northside Realty. An original author of the No Child Left Behind Act, he’s served as chair of the Georgia Board of Education and taught Sunday school at his Marietta church for 30 years. Earlier this year, Isakson publicly revealed he has Parkinson’s disease, diagnosed in 2013, but still plans to seek reelection in 2016.