Today, a familiar face in Georgia politics will be saying farewell to his colleagues on the floor of the United States Senate. U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson will deliver his farewell address this afternoon at 2:30 PM. You can watch the address live on television on C-SPAN2 or you can watch it online here.
Yesterday, news from Governor Brian Kemp’s office indicated that the person who will fill the spot of Senator Johnny Isakson will be Kelly Loeffler. The AJC is reported that Governor Brian Kemp decided to pick the GOP donor, financial exec and co-owner of the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream over the man that President Trump wanted, Congressman Doug Collins. Loeffler will serve in the seat until there’s an election next November.
Senator Isakson is the only person in Georgia history to hold all legislative offices. He has served as a state representative, a state senator and U.S. Congressman and a U.S. Senator. Unlike many Georgia politicians of his generation, Isakson was never a party-switcher. He was elected as a Republican state-representative in 1976; the same year Georgia’s former Governor Jimmy Carter became President of the United States.
For many years, Isakson was the most well-known Republican in statewide politics. Isakson has always received praise from both sides of the aisle for his commitment to the people of Georgia. He is also known for his friendliness and decency with his colleagues – both Republican and Democratic.
In August of this year, Senator Isakson announced that he would be resigning from the U.S. Senate on December 31, 2019 due to his ongoing battle with Parkinson disease. Isakson was last re-elected in 2016, when he became the only Republican in Georgia history to win three terms in the United States Senate.