ATLANTA – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today announced “Students for Isakson,” a large organization of Georgia college leaders who are dedicated to turning out the student vote to support Isakson’s re-election on Nov. 8. A list of the chairman leading the “Students for Isakson” effort can be found here, and a full list of coalition members can be found here.
Hundreds of students from across Georgia have rallied around Isakson’s re-election bid by sharing Isakson’s message with their peers and boosting participation at on-campus events. Isakson held a large tailgate event at his alma mater, the University of Georgia (UGA) on Oct. 1, 2016, that was widely attended by undergraduates, law students and graduate students from UGA.
“Senator Isakson represents the best of conservatism and Georgia values. Whether it’s his work to simplify financial aid applications or to encourage the job market for future graduates, college students are 100 percent behind Senator Isakson and his efforts,” said UGA student Brennan Mancil, chairman of the Georgia College Republicans. “I am proud to support Senator Isakson in his re-election.”
“College students know the name ‘Johnny Isakson’ because his work on behalf of Georgians of all ages is so evident,” said Joshua Aaron, political director for the Georgia College Republicans, and a student at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Ga. “His conservative solutions and bridge-building have helped him achieve a great deal for our state and provide better opportunities for our future. Some of the students in our coalition have interned with his office while others have heard him speak on their campuses, and still more have participated in a Skype with him in their high school classes. Johnny and his staff are so open and accessible, and we appreciate that, too.”
“These future leaders of our state, nation and party take very seriously the roles they play in public service, activism and turning out the vote very seriously. They study not only for their classes, but also to understand the state and national issues that affect them and their future,” said Isakson. “Earning the support of Georgia’s college students means a great deal to me.”
As former chairman of the Georgia Board of Education, Isakson has always made education a priority. Isakson regularly visits K-12 classrooms in person or virtually via Skype technology, and speaks on Georgia’s college campuses.
In 2015, he helped lead the passage of sweeping reforms that ended the federal government’s micromanagement of schools and put education back in the hands of parents, teachers, and state and local governments.
Isakson recently introduced the Access Success and Persistence In Reshaping Education Act, or ASPIRE Act for short, to spur some of the nation’s more selective colleges to improve access for low-income students and to devote resources to help boost completion rates at institutions that serve disproportionately high numbers of low-income students. He also introduced the Financial Aid Simplification and Transparency Act, or FAST Act, to simplify the process of applying for and receiving federal financial aid for college, to allow year-round use of Pell Grants and to discourage over-borrowing and simplify repayments.