Responses to Sen. Isakson’s Resignation Announcement

This post will cover the various responses that we may receive from elected officials, past and present, in response to Sen. Isakson’s announcement of his resignation at the end of the year.

SPEAKER DAVID RALSTON:

“The loss of Johnny Isakson from public life will leave a void in Georgia which is beyond comprehension. While I respect his reasons, I feel a tremendous sense of personal sadness – Johnny is a mentor, role model and friend. Over a distinguished career in the Georgia House, Georgia State Senate, State Board of Education, U.S. House and U.S. Senate, Johnny Isakson demonstrated that civility and reasonableness are virtues that will never go out of style. My family and I will continue to pray for Johnny, Dianne and the Isakson family.”

REP. DOUG COLLINS:

“Johnny Isakson has been a standard of public service and statesmanship for decades in Georgia. He’s always drawn on his extensive roots in our state to deepen his advocacy for all Georgians. Johnny faithfully remembers the forgotten, including America’s veterans. I’ve looked up to him as a mentor and still work to emulate him.”

LT. GOV. GEOFF DUNCAN:

“Over the course of his career, Senator Isakson consistently put Georgians first and embodied what it means to be a workhorse and not a show horse in Washington. He built the Republican Party of Georgia from the ground up, and I am so thankful for his conservative leadership. His commitment to our Georgia values is something every elected official in our state should seek to emulate. Brooke and I wish him and his family all the best in the coming years.”

AG CHRIS CARR:

“I cannot express my appreciation deeply enough to Senator Johnny Isakson for his service to our state and his friendship to me and Joan. Johnny is a shining example of how to be successful professionally, politically and personally. I will be forever grateful that he was willing to take a chance on me in 2004 and that he has served as a mentor to me ever since. Whenever I am confronted with a tough decision, I often ask myself, What would Johnny do?

“For over 40 years, Johnny has served our state as a state legislator, State School Board Chairman, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and now as a United States Senator. Our state and our nation are better because of Johnny’s service. I wish my friend and mentor well as he crosses the finish line of a stellar career in public service.”

U.S. SENATOR DAVID PERDUE:

“When Johnny Isakson speaks, people listen. He is a true statesman, and it shows every day. It is my high honor to serve as Johnny’s partner in the United States Senate. Like so many Georgians, I was surprised and saddened to learn that he will not finish the rest of his term. Together, we are able to get real results for Georgia. Throughout his four decades of service, Johnny has always been a champion for the people of Georgia, especially our veterans. Bonnie and I are grateful for Johnny and Dianne’s leadership, and we are proud to call them our friends.”

SEN. PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE BUTCH MILLER:

“Senator Isakson is a true statesman whose leadership and effective representation have made our country and state a better place. Teresa and I ask that you join us in thanking Senator Isakson for his exemplary service, and join us in continued prayer for his good health.”

GOVERNOR BRIAN KEMP AND FIRST LAST MARTY KEMP:

“No one embodies the heart and soul of Georgia more than Johnny Isakson,” said Governor Kemp. “Our state and country have been immeasurably blessed by his leadership in the Georgia General Assembly, U.S. House, and U.S. Senate. Senator Isakson’s list of accomplishments on behalf of the state that he loves is long and revered, but what Georgia should be most thankful for is the high standard that Johnny held as a true gentleman, a fighter for his constituents, a trusted advocate for our nation’s veterans, and one of the greatest statesmen to ever answer the call of service to our country. Marty and I are forever grateful for the friendship that Johnny and Dianne have shown us over the years and wish them the very best in the years to come. I will appoint Senator Isakson’s replacement at the appropriate time.”

“Senator Isakson is a lifelong family friend, and we are deeply grateful for his dedicated service to our state and nation, including alongside my father in the Georgia General Assembly,” said First Lady Marty Kemp. “Georgia is incredibly blessed to have had Johnny on our side for all these years. Our family is praying for Johnny and Dianne as they embark on this new journey.”

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