Former longtime GOP Senator from Georgia, Johnny Isakson, passed away over the weekend at the age of 76.
As The New York Times reports:
Johnny Isakson, a Georgia Republican who succeeded Newt Gingrich in the House of Representatives, and in 15 years in the Senate was a moderate conservative, often championing bipartisan cooperation, until his resignation for health reasons in 2019, died on Sunday at his home in Atlanta. He was 76.
His death was confirmed by the Isakson Initiative, which he founded to raise money for research into neurocognitive diseases.It did not specify a cause, but when he resigned, Senator Isakson had cited progressive Parkinson’s disease and surgery to remove a growth on a kidney.
He served 14 years in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1976 to 1990, and three years in the State Senate from 1993 to 1996. His family attended a Methodist church and he taught Sunday school for 30 years.
A social high point of his Senate years was an annual barbecue lunch he hosted for colleagues on both sides of the aisle. As his 20-year Washington tenure ended in December 2019, an outpouring of tributes from voters and Senate colleagues prompted a piece of advice from Mr. Isakson.
He is survived by his wife, three children, and nine grandchildren.