Johnny Isakson is a businessman, a public servant and family man whose conservative, thoughtful and commonsense approach have made him a leader in Georgia for more than three decades.
As a business leader in Georgia, Johnny served as president of Northside Realty for 20 years, presiding over the company’s growth into the largest independent residential real estate brokerage company in the Southeast.
In politics, Johnny served 17 years in the Georgia Legislature and three years as Chairman of the Georgia Board of Education. He was elected three times to the U.S. House before winning his U.S. Senate seat in 2004. He was reelected in 2010 and will be up for reelection to the Senate in 2016.
Johnny continues to lead in Congress through bipartisan efforts to address federal spending, reduce the debt and change the way Washington does business.
Notably, Isakson is the author of the Biennial Budgeting and Appropriations Act to end reckless spending and reform the federal budget process by converting it from an annual spending process to a two-year cycle, with one year for appropriating federal dollars and the other year devoted to much-needed oversight of federal programs.
In January 2013, Johnny was named to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, which has jurisdiction over taxes, trade, Medicare and Social Security and which plays a critical role in the debate over cutting spending and reducing our nation’s debt.
Johnny vehemently opposes Obamacare and has done so consistently from the beginning. Johnny voted against Obamacare in 2009, and since it became law, he has voted several dozen times to kill, repeal, dismantle and defund it.
Johnny has worked to strengthen our Armed Forces, and shows unwavering commitment to the men and women who serve our country through his work on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Johnny served in the Georgia Air National Guard from 1966 to 1972.
Since the mortgage and financial crisis hit in 2008, Johnny has drawn on his decades of experience in real estate in offering solutions to restore the nation’s housing market.
Johnny is a leader in education, and was an original author of the No Child Left Behind Act, which has resulted in the most significant improvement to our education system in a generation.
He continues to push for immigration reform that is built on a foundation of securing our borders first.
On energy, Johnny is committed to lessening America’s dependence on foreign oil as well as pushing for alternative energy sources and conservation.
Johnny and his wife, Dianne, have been married since 1968, and they have three grown children and nine grandchildren.