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Johnny Isakson
Johnny Isakson.jpg
U.S. Senate, Georgia
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2005-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 9
PartyRepublican
PredecessorZell B. Miller (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last election2010
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives
1999-2004
Georgia State Senate
1992-1996
Georgia House of Representatives
1976-1990
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Georgia
Military service
Service/branchGeorgia Air National Guard
Years of service1966-1972
Personal
BirthdayDecember 28, 1944
Place of birthAtlanta, Georgia
ProfessionReal Estate Executive
Net worth$11,985,067
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
John Hardy "Johnny" Isakson (b. December 28, 1944) is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Georgia. Isakson was first elected to the Senate in 2004.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Isakson is a "rank-and-file Republican".[1]

Biography

Isakson was born in Atlanta, Georgia as a second generation Swedish-American. [2] He served in the Georgia Air National Guard from 1966 to 1972, leaving service as a staff sergeant.[3]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.[4]

Career

  • Isakson also owns his own real-estate firm, on which he served as the president from 1979-2001.

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2013-2015

Isakson serves on the following Senate committees[5]:

2011-2012

Issues

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" 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.[7]

Drones filibuster

See also: Rand Paul filibuster of John Brennan's CIA Nomination in March 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.[8][9][10]

According to the website Breitbart, Isakson was one of 30 Republican senators who did not support the filibuster.[11][12]

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."[13]

Elections

2010

On November 2, 2010, 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.[14]

U.S. Senate, Georgia General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohnny Isakson Incumbent 58.3% 1,489,904
     Democratic Michael "Mike" Thurmond 39% 996,515
     Libertarian Chuck Donovan 2.7% 68,750
     Independent Steve Davis 0% 52
     Independent Raymond Beckworth 0% 24
     Independent Brian Russell Brown 0% 12
Total Votes 2,555,257

Campaign donors

2010

Breakdown of the source of Isakson's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

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.[15]

Analysis

Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[16]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[17]

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.[18]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

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.[19]

2011

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.[20]

Political positions

Johnny Isakson voted with the Republican Party 92 of the time, which ranked 15 among the 47 Senate Republican members as of November 2011.[21]

Recent news

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Personal

Johnny and his wife, Dianne, have been married since 1968 and they have three grown children and nine grandchildren.They currently reside in Marietta, Georgia. [22]

External links


References

  1. Gov Track "John Isakson," Accessed March 3, 2012
  2. Johnny Isakson, U.S. Senator from Georgia "Floor Statement on Immigration Reform Remarks as Delivered on the Senate Floor" Accessed October 13, 2011
  3. Veterans in the U.S. Senate 109th Congress "Senate Vets" Accessed October 13, 2011
  4. Senator Johnny Isakson "Biography of Senator Johnny Isakson" Accessed Ocotber 13, 2011
  5. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Senator Johnny Isakson "Accomplishments" Accessed October 13, 2011
  7. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  8. CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
  9. USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
  10. ABC News, "Rand Paul wins applause from GOP and liberals," March 7, 2013
  11. Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet the GOP senators who refused to stand with Rand," March 7, 2013
  12. Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
  13. Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  15. Open Secrets "Johnny Isakson 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 7, 2011
  16. LegiStorm "Johnny Isakson"
  17. OpenSecrets.org, "Isakson, (R-Arizona), 2011"
  18. OpenSecrets.org, "Isakson, (R-GA), 2010"
  19. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  20. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
  21. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  22. Senator Johnny Isakson "Meet Johnny" Accessed October 13, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Zell Miller
U.S. Senate - Georgia
2005-Present
Succeeded by
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