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Last updated Sep. 08, 2014

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Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.)

Political Highlights: candidate for Cobb County Commission, 1974; Ga. House, 1977-90; Republican nominee for governor, 1990; Ga. Senate, 1993-96; sought Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, 1996; Ga. Board of Education chairman, 1996-99; U.S. House of Representatives, 1999-2005; U.S. Senate, 2005-present
Born: Dec. 28, 1944; Atlanta, Ga.
Residence: Marietta
Religion: Methodist
Family: Wife, Dianne Isakson; three children
Education: U. of Georgia, B.B.A. 1966
Military Service: Ga. Air National Guard, 1966-72
Start of Service: Elected: 2004 (2nd term)
Committee Assignments: Finance (International Trade, Customs & Global Competitiveness; Social Security, Pensions & Family Policy; Taxation & IRS Oversight); Foreign Relations (Africa and Global Health Policy; East Asia; State Department and USAID Management; Western Hemisphere); Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (Employment & Workplace Safety - Chairman); Veterans' Affairs; Select Ethics

Election History
2010generalJohnny Isakson (R) 1,489,90458.3
Michael Thurmond (D) 996,51639.0
Chuck Donovan (LIBERT) 68,7502.7
2004generalJohnny Isakson (R) 1,864,20257.9
Denise Majette (D) 1,287,69040.0
Allen Buckley (LIBERT) 69,0512.1
2002generalJohnny Isakson (R) 163,52579.9
Jeff Weisberger (D) 41,20420.1
2000generalJohnny Isakson (R) 256,59574.8
Brett DeHart (D) 86,66625.3
1999specialJohnny Isakson (R) 51,54865.1
Christina Jeffrey (R) 20,11525.4
Gary Pelphrey (D) 4,0145.1
Roll Call Vitals


Georgia is 18th on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.

Johnny Isakson is ranked 38th on the 50 Richest Members of Congress list.

Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.