John Hardy Isakson: (R-GA) is the Senior United States Senator for Georgia. He has been in office since 2005. Isakson was the first Georgian elected to the state House, state Senate, U.S. House and U.S. Senate. In 2016, he became the first Republican in Georgia to be elected to a third term in the U.S. Senate.
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Ø Senate Select Committee on Ethics – Chair
Ø Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs – Chair
Ø Senate Committee on Finance – Member
- Subcommittee on Health Care – Member
- Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness – Member
- Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight – Member
Ø Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions – Member
- Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety –Chair
Ø Senate Committee on Foreign Relations – Member
- Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy – Member
- Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy –Member
- Subcommittee on State Department and USAID Management, International Operations, and Bilateral International Development – Chair
- Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women’s Issues – Member
POLITICAL POSITIONS AND ISSUE STATEMENTS
According to Vote Smart (votesmart.org), a non-profit, non-partisan research organization that collects and distributes information on candidates for public office, Isakson has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test despite repeated requests. The test a measure of willingness to provide citizens with their positions on key issues. Historically, candidates have failed to complete the test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.
Isakson is the co-sponsor of the Marriage Protection Amendment because he believes it is important for the sanctity of marriage and for the laws of this country to have a seamless definition of marriage established in the Constitution.
Isakson’s issue statement states that he is personally opposed to abortion except in cases of rape, incest, and to protect the life of the mother.
Health Care and Votes to Oppose/Defund the Affordable Care Act
Since the ACA was enacted in 2010, Isakson has voted more than 60 times to kill, repeal, dismantle or defund the legislation. This includes his vote in favor of Sen. Ted Cruz’s amendment in March 2013, to defund the ACA in the Continuing Resolution. Isakson co-sponsored the Obamacare Repeal Act for each Congress since the legislation was signed into law, including in February 2015 to fully repeal the ACA. He voted again to repeal the ACA in July 2015. In December 2015, the Senate passed legislation to repeal the ACA by a vote of 52-47. Isakson voted for the Restoring Americans’ Health Care Freedom Reconciliation Act, noting that the American people continue to beg for relief from this disastrous health care law.
Isakson supports removing federally mandated definitions of “high quality teachers” and ensuring that accountability systems are designed and implemented by the states, not the federal government. He supports legislation also ensures that the federal government cannot force states to implement a set of core academic standards.
He was particularly pleased that the Senate unanimously adopted an amendment he offered that helped parents understand their rights to “opt-out” their children from state assessments.
Isakson believes that we do not need more gun control in America; rather we need more criminal control. He supports instant background checks on all retail sales of guns and does not support waiting periods or the registration of any firearm. He vows to oppose any attempts to crack down on law-abiding firearms owners, rather than punishing criminals who use guns.
Isakson has earned “A” ratings from the National Rifle Association since arriving in Congress due to his consistent support of pro-Second Amendment legislation.
Isakson began his business career in 1967 when he opened the first Cobb County office of a small, family-owned real estate business, Northside Realty. During Isakson’s 20 years as president of Northside, the company grew into the largest independent residential real estate brokerage company in the Southeast and one of the largest in America.
Isakson entered politics in 1974 and served for 17 years in the Georgia legislature in both the House and Senate. In 1997, then-Gov. Zell Miller appointed Isakson to lead of the Georgia Board of Education as chairman. Isakson was elected in 1999 to the U.S. House for the first of three terms. In 2004, he was elected to his first term in the U.S. Senate, and he won re-election in 2010 and 2016.
Isakson graduated from UGA in 1966 and served in the Georgia Air National Guard from 1966 to 1972. He and his wife Dianne married in 1968 and have three children and eight grandchildren. They live in Marietta and attend Mount Zion United Methodist Church, where Isakson previously taught sixth grade Sunday school for 30 years.
Contributed by Ilyce Brinn