John Isakson

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John Hardy "Johnny" Isakson, a Republican, has represented Georgia in the United States Senate since 2005.


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Isakson voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Not Republican enough?

Isakson is often referred to as a Republican In Name Only (RINO) by those who opposed his nomination in 1996 and 2004. In fact, pundits such as Fred Barnes have said his predecessor, Zell Miller was more conservative despite being a Democrat. [1] Despite the claims by some that Isakson is not conservative enough, Isakson has been given an "A" rating by the National Rifle Association, the "Hero of the Taxpayer" award by Citizens Against Government Waste, and a "92" rating on a scale of 100 by the Christian Coalition of America.


Isakson was was born December 28, 1944 in Atlanta. He was educated at the University of Georgia, and was a member of the Georgia House of Representatives (1976-90) and the Georgia Senate (1993-96). In 1996 he ran in the GOP primary for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sam Nunn. Derided as being "too liberal," after declaring himself "pro-choice," he lost in the runoff.

In January 1999, when 6th District Congressman and House Speaker Newt Gingrich decided not to take his seat for an 11th term, Isakson ran for the seat in a special election in February and won easily. He won the seat in his own right in 2000 and was reelected in 2002. He never faced an enthusiastic or well-funded challenge, as the 6th district is arguably the most Republican district in Georgia.

In 2004, he secured the Republican nomination for the Senate seat left vacant by the retirement of Zell Miller, who had once defeated Isakson in the 1990 race for Georgia Governor.

During his failed 1996 Senate bid, Isakson had announced he was a pro-choice candidate. Many pro-life Republicans never forgave him, and his stance cost him the Republican nomination. Since then, Isakson has drifted to the right on social issues. He is now anti-abortion (with some exceptions), anti-gay marriage and pro-gun rights. On the Issues, a nonpartisan Web site that rates candidates, labels Isakson "a Libertarian-leaning conservative." [2]

Isakson's election is fairly consistent with Georgia voters, who tend to be fiscally conservative, business-oriented, and moderate on civil rights issues.

Money in politics

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Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Coca-Cola Co$ 53,500
Realogy Corp$ 49,950
Synovus Financial Corp$ 36,900
Home Depot$ 36,800
AFLAC Inc$ 33,500
Cox Enterprises$ 32,900
Publix Super Markets$ 30,600
King & Spalding$ 25,950
DaVita HealthCare Partners$ 24,000
Ed Voyles Automotive Group$ 22,500
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for John Isakson
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
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Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on John Isakson. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 131 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
    Ph: 202-224-3643 Fax: 202-228-0724
    Webform email
District offices
  • Suite 970, 3625 Cumberland Boulevard Atlanta, GA 30339
    Ph: 770-661-0999 Fax: (none entered)
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