BREAKING: GOP Senator Resigning

  • 08/28/2019 12:00 AM
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
BREAKING: GOP Senator Resigning
Georgia Republican Johnny Isakson announced minutes ago that he intends to resign by the end of the year, amid an ongoing battle with Parkinson's disease and other health problems. (Roll Call)

Sen. Johnny Isakson announced Wednesday that he will resign his Senate seat at the end of 2019, setting up a potentially competitive race in 2020 in a key electoral state. 

The Georgia Republican, who is chairman is both the Veterans Affairs Committee and the Ethics Committee, has been battling Parkinson's disease. He has also been dealing with recovery from a fall that took place back in July. Isakson's term was not set to expire until 2022. 

Under Georgia law, Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, will be able to make an appointment to fill the unexpired term until the next regularly scheduled statewide elections in Georgia, meaning that there will likely be two Senate seats on the ballot simultaneously in 2020. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., is seeking re-election.

"In my 40 years in elected office, I have always put my constituents and my state of Georgia first. With the mounting health challenges I am facing, I have concluded that I will not be able to do the job over the long term in the manner the citizens of Georgia deserve," Isakson said in a statement. "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."

The senator also had surgery earlier this week to remove a cancerous growth from one of his kidneys.
 Source: AAN
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