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Sad Passing of Former Senator Johnny Isakson


Former Senator Johnny Isakson, (R-GA) has passed at the age of 76 following a series of illnesses including cancer and Parkinson’s disease.


Senator Isakson was a member of the Chicken Caucus and was a strong supporter of the industry with regard to allocations to the USDA, export promotion, labor policy, infrastructure and other issues.  He served 14 years in the Georgia Legislature in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.  In 1999 he was elected to Congress and in 2003 advanced to the Senate. 


Senator Isakson was a strong proponent of bipartisan legislative action referring to the principle as a “state of being.” He was always a consensus builder respected on both sides of the aisle.  In 2019 he retired after 15 years in the Senate stating “I’m leaving a job I love because my health challenges are taking their toll on me, my family and my staff.”  He added, “It goes against every fiber of my being to leave in the middle of my Senate term but I know it’s the right thing to do on behalf of my state.”


Paying tribute to the late Senator Isakson, Governor Brian Kemp (R) stated, that the state has lost a giant and he remembered Isakson as a statesman with a dedication to Georgia and nation.


He will be sadly missed and it is hoped that the USDA will name a suitable building such as the proposed National Poultry Disease Center in his memory.

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