As Georgia’s Senior U.S. Senator bade farewell to Congress this week, he called on his colleagues to be more biapartisan and to “sit down, get it out in the open and talk about it.”
Isakson didn’t mince words when he said that “there’s something missing in this place”, speaking of bipartisanship. Isakson was well known for his bipartisan approach to legislation and commanded respect from both sides of the aisle.
In his farewell statements, Senator McConnell thanked several of his Congressional colleagues, but he saved the highest praise for Rep. John Lewis, a Democrat who represents a large portion of the Atlanta metropolitan area.
“John is one of my real heroes in life,” Isakson said of Lewis, “I watched what he went through to make us see the light.” Lewis is a well known civil rights leader and was a confidant of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lewis praised Isakson on the floor of the House recently and the two embraced each other, with Lewis calling Isakson his “brother.”
Isakson is one of the few Republican politicians in Georgia who was first elected as a Republican and didn’t switch parties. He is the only person in Georgia history to save in the Georgia House, the Georgia Senate, the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate.