Johnny Isakson

American politician (1944–2021)

John Hardy "Johnny" Isakson (December 28, 1944 – December 19, 2021) was an American politician. He was the United States Senator from Georgia from 2005 through 2019. He was a member of the Republican Party. Previously, he represented Georgia's 6th Congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1999 to 2005.

Johnny Isakson
United States Senator
from Georgia
In office
January 3, 2005 – December 31, 2019
Preceded byZell Miller
Succeeded byKelly Loeffler
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs
In office
January 3, 2015 – December 31, 2019
Preceded byBernie Sanders
Succeeded byJerry Moran
Chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee
In office
January 3, 2015 – December 19, 2019
Preceded byBarbara Boxer
Succeeded byJames Lankford
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 6th district
In office
February 23, 1999 – January 3, 2005
Preceded byNewt Gingrich
Succeeded byTom Price
Member of the Georgia House of Representatives
from the 21st district
In office
January 3, 1977 – January 3, 1991
Preceded by???
Succeeded byJames Mills
Personal details
John Hardy Isakson

(1944-12-28)December 28, 1944
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
DiedDecember 19, 2021(2021-12-19) (aged 76)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Dianne Davison
Alma materUniversity of Georgia
WebsiteSenate website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/serviceAir National Guard
Years of service1966–1972
UnitGeorgia Air National Guard

In June 2015, Isakson was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and a kidney tumor.[1]

On August 28, 2019, due his bad health, Isakson announced that he would resign from the Senate officially on December 31, 2019.[2]

Isakson died on December 19, 2021 at his home in Atlanta, Georgia from Parkinson's disease-related problems at the age of 76.[3][4]


  1. Sen. Johnny Isakson discloses he has Parkinson’s disease (Washington Post article-June 10, 2015)
  2. Rogers, Alex; Bradner, Eric; Mattingly, Phil (August 28, 2019). "Georgia Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson to resign at end of year". CNN. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  3. Hallerman, Tamar; Malloy, Daniel (December 19, 2021). "Johnny Isakson, 76, Georgia politician respected by both sides, dies". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. ISSN 1539-7459. Retrieved December 19, 2021.
  4. McFadden, Robert D. (December 19, 2021). "Johnny Isakson, Longtime Senator From Georgia, Is Dead at 76". The New York Times. Retrieved December 19, 2021.

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