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|U.S. Senate, Georgia|
|January 3, 2005-Present|
|January 3, 2017|
|Years in position||10|
|Predecessor||Zell B. Miller (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Next general||November 2016|
|U.S. House of Representatives|
|Georgia State Senate|
|Georgia House of Representatives|
|Bachelor's||University of Georgia|
|Service/branch||Georgia Air National Guard|
|Years of service||1966-1972|
|Date of birth||December 28, 1944|
|Place of birth||Atlanta, Georgia|
|Profession||Real Estate Executive|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Recent news
- 9 Personal
- 10 External links
- 11 References
He previously was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1999 to 2004, a member of the Georgia State Senate from 1992 to 1996, and a member of the Georgia House of Representatives from 1976 to 1990.
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Isakson is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.
Isakson was born in Atlanta, Georgia as a second generation Swedish-American.  He served in the Georgia Air National Guard from 1966 to 1972, leaving service as a staff sergeant.Shortly after graduating from the University of Georgia, he opened the first Cobb County office of Northside Realty, a prominent Atlanta-area real estate firm.
- 1976-1990: Georgia House of Representatives
- 1990-1992: Chairman Georgia Board of Education
- 1992-1996: Georgia State Senate
- 1999-2004: U.S. House of Representatives
- 2004-Present: U.S. Senate
- Isakson also owns his own real-estate firm, on which he served as the president from 1979-2001.
Isakson serves on the following Senate committees:
- United States Senate Committee on Finance
- The Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy
- The Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and InfrastructureS
- United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
- Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety Ranking Member
- Subcommittee on Children and Families
- United States Senate Select Committee on Ethics Vice Chair
- United States Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs
- United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
- Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
- Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet
- Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance
- Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard
- Subcommittee on Science and Space
- Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security
- United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions 
- Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety (Ranking Member)
- Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging
- United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
- Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs
- Subcommittee on African Affairs (Ranking Member)
- Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs
- United States Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship 
- United States Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs 
- United States Senate Select Committee on Ethics (Vice Chairman)
Isakson voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.
On March 6, 2013, Senator Rand Paul (R) led a 13-hour filibuster of President Obama's CIA Director nominee, John Brennan. Paul started the filibuster in order to highlight his concerns about the administration's drone policies. In particular, Paul said he was concerned about whether a drone could be used to kill an American citizen within the United States border, without any due process involved. Paul and other civil liberties activists criticized President Obama for not offering a clear response to the question. A total of 14 senators joined Paul in the filibuster -- 13 Republicans and one Democrat.
The day after the filibuster, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Paul, responding to the filibuster. Holder wrote, "Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on U.S. soil? The answer to that is no."
On November 2, 2010, Johnny Isakson won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Michael "Mike" Thurmond (D), Chuck Donovan (L), Steve Davis (I), Raymond Beckworth (I) and Brian Russell Brown (I) in the general election.
Comprehensive donor information for Isakson is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Isakson raised a total of $19,885,638 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 3, 2013.
|Johnny Isakson's Campaign Contribution History|
|2010||U.S. Senate (Georgia)||$9,671,128|
|2004||U.S. Senate (Georgia)||$7,460,343|
|2002||U.S. House (Georgia, District 6)||$1,034,101|
|2000||U.S. House (Georgia, District 6)||$1,720,066|
|Grand Total Raised||$19,885,638|
Isakson won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Isakson's campaign committee raised a total of $9,671,128 and spent $8,954,504.
|U.S. Senate, Georgia, 2010 - Johnny Isakson Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$336,907|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$336,174|
|Top contributors to Johnny Isakson's campaign committee|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
Ideology and leadership
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Isakson missed 107 of 2,576 roll call votes from Jan 2005 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 4.2%, which is worse than the median of 1.7% among currently serving senators as of March 2013.
Congressional staff salaries
The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Isakson paid his congressional staff a total of $2,676,628 in 2011. He ranks 9th on the list of the highest paid Republican Senatorial Staff Salaries and he ranks 65th overall of the lowest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Georgia ranks 44th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Isakson's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $6,292,135 and $17,678,000. That averages to $11,985,067, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2011 of $6,358,668. His average net worth increased by 0.08% from 2010.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Isakson's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $6,440,115 and $17,509,999. That averages to $11,975,057, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2010 of $7,054,258.
National Journal vote ratings
- See also: National Journal vote ratings
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Isakson ranked 20th in the conservative rankings in 2012.
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Isakson ranked 33rd in the conservative rankings among U.S. Senators.
Voting with party
Johnny Isakson voted with the Republican Party 85.3% of the time, which ranked 35th among the 46 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.
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- Bioguide "Johnny Isakson" Accessed June 20, 2013
- Johnny Isakson, U.S. Senator from Georgia "Floor Statement on Immigration Reform Remarks as Delivered on the Senate Floor" Accessed October 13, 2011
- Veterans in the U.S. Senate 109th Congress "Senate Vets" Accessed October 13, 2011
- Senator Johnny Isakson "Biography of Senator Johnny Isakson" Accessed Ocotber 13, 2011
- Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
- Senator Johnny Isakson "Accomplishments" Accessed October 13, 2011
- U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
- USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
- ABC News, "Rand Paul wins applause from GOP and liberals," March 7, 2013
- Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet the GOP senators who refused to stand with Rand," March 7, 2013
- Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
- Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
- Open Secrets "Johnny Isakson" Accessed April 3, 2013
- Open Secrets "Johnny Isakson 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 7, 2011
- Gov Track "John Isakson," Accessed June 20, 2013
- GovTrack, "Johnny Isakson," Accessed March 29, 2013
- LegiStorm "Johnny Isakson"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Isakson, (R-Arizona), 2011"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Isakson, (R-GA), 2010"
- National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- Senator Johnny Isakson "Meet Johnny" Accessed October 13, 2011
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