Georgia GOP Sen. Isakson to resign at the end of the year, in the midst of battle with Parkinson’s disease

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Republican sen. Johnny Isakson, the Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and a longtime Georgia legislator, announced on Wednesday that he will resign at the end of the year.

In a statement, the 74-year-old Isakson cited his battle with Parkinson’s disease.

“I’m leaving a job I love, because my health challenges have taken their toll on me, my family and my employees,” he said. “My Parkinson’s is progressing quickly, and I am continuing physical therapy, recovery, in the July fall. In addition, I have this week had surgery to remove a growth on my kidney.”


Isakson was admitted last month to hospital after a fall in his Washington apartment, leaving him with broken ribs.

“With the installation of the health challenges I faced, I found that I told lawmakers in a position to get the job done in the long term, in the manner that to earn the citizens of Georgia”, the long-standing Georgia-in his statement. “It goes against every fiber of my being, in the middle of my Senate term, but I know it’s the right thing to do, on behalf of my state.”

FILE – In this Feb. 14, 2019 File Photo, Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., Buddy Carter, R-Ga flanked by Rep.., On the left, and sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., on the right, leads a meeting with the Georgia Ports Authority and the Army Corps of Engineers, on the application of the full funding for the Savannah Harbor Expansion project in the year 2020, the Federal government budget, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Isakson was first elected to public office in 1976 when he won a seat in the Georgia house of representatives. He served in the Georgia house of representatives and the Senate, until he won a congressional seat in Georgia 6. District. He was first elected to the Senate in 2005, and currently serves as the Chairman of the Committee on veterans ‘ Affairs and the Committee on ethics, as well as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on employment and workplace safety.

Isakson made known to the public in June 2015, he had, with Parkinson’s disease, but said it would not affect his re-election hopes, his work in the Senate He won re-election in June 2016, which means that his Senate seat would have to continue until the election in the year 2022.


With his resignation, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, is now the appointment of a replacement person for Isakson, until a special election can be held, in the year 2020. The winner of the election will serve the remaining two years of Isakson term, and the winner of the 2022 world Cup election for a full term of six years, will serve.

Isakson retire also means to throw the voters in Georgia will cast their votes for both the condition of the seats in the Senate next year, Sen. David Perdue, a Republican, is seeking a second term.

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