John Hardy Isakson is an American politician who served as a U.S. Senator from Georgia from 2005 to 2019. He previously represented Georgia’s 6th Congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1999 to 2005. He resigned from the Senate due to health concerns.
About Johnny Isakson in brief
John Hardy Isakson is an American politician who served as a U.S. Senator from Georgia from 2005 to 2019. He previously represented Georgia’s 6th Congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1999 to 2005. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, he served in the Georgia Air National Guard and graduated from the University of Georgia. He opened the first Cobb County office of Northside Realty, a prominent Atlanta-area real estate firm that his father, Ed, helped to establish. He served 22 years as the company’s president and was its biggest independent real estate company in the Southeast and one of the largest in America. He was the Republican candidate for governor of Georgia in 1990, but lost. In 1996, he was co-chair for U. S. Senator Bob Dole’s presidential primary campaigns. He became the senior Senator when Saxby Chambliss retired in 2015. On December 31, 2019, midway through his third Senate term, he resigned from the Senate due to health concerns.
He is a member of the Republican National Committee and the Republican Party of America. His mother is of mostly British ancestry, and her family has been in the American South since the colonial era. His paternal grandparents were of Swedish descent, and his paternal grandfather was born in Östersund. In November 1998, U. S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich faced a revolt in his caucus after losing five seats in the midterm elections. He won the election with 65% of the vote ahead of the Republicans, but he would not take his seat for an eleventh term. In December 1996, Democrat Max Cleland defeated him in the election to become the 6th District Congressman. In February 1999, he won a special election to succeed him, winning by a 40-point margin. In his last four terms, he was the GOP Minority leader.