(NewsReady.com) – Despite the 2021 election losses, Georgia remains one of the most powerful Republican states in the country. Much of the GOP’s success in the state is the result of one man’s hard work. Sadly, he has now passed away.
On December 19, former Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) died at age 76. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R) announced the Republican politician’s death, saying the Peach State “lost a giant.” The governor went on to say Isakson was one of the “greatest statesmen” and a leader who wanted to leave both his “state and country better than he found it.”
Read my full statement on the passing of U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson below: pic.twitter.com/RS9Cw3gxM3
— Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) December 19, 2021
Isakson served in the US Senate from 2005 to 2019. Prior to that, he served in the House of Representatives from 1999 to 2005. In addition to serving in both chambers of the US Congress, he served in both chambers of the Georgia state legislature. In 1964, during his time as a student at the University of Georgia and long before he served in the government, Isakson volunteered for Barry Goldwater’s presidential campaign. He went on to make millions in the real estate industry before spending three decades in GA politics. He’s credited with helping to make the GOP the powerhouse it is.
While in the Senate, Isakson became known as someone who reached across the aisle to form coalitions. In 2015, he announced he’d been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and eventually retired in 2019, two years from the end of the term.
Isakson’s motto sums up the type of man he was better than anything we could say: “There are two types of people in this world – friends and future friends.”
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