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Sen. John “Johnny” Isakson

Senator for Georgia

Isakson, a Republican, is a senator from Georgia and has served since Jan 4, 2005. Isakson is next up for reelection in 2022.

He was previously the representative for Georgia's 6th congressional district (1999-2004).

Photo of Sen. John “Johnny” Isakson [R-GA]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Isakson.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Isakson is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Isakson has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

FreedomWorks: 93% United States Chamber of Commerce: 92% Americans for Prosperity: 88% The Club for Growth: 67% League of Conservation Voters: 10% NIAC Action: F Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 0%

Committee Membership

John “Johnny” Isakson sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Isakson was the primary sponsor of 15 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Isakson sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (37%) Labor and Employment (14%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (13%) Armed Forces and National Security (11%) International Affairs (9%) Education (6%) Transportation and Public Works (6%) Immigration (4%)

Recent Bills

Some of Isakson’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Isakson’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
Yea On the Nomination PN64: Alissa M. Starzak, of New York, to be General Counsel of the Department of the Army
Dec 14, 2015. Nomination Confirmed 45/34.
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to 83/16.
H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647). The DRIVE Act is a major bipartisan transportation bill that would authorize funding ...
Yea H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
Yea H.J.Res. 59 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014
Dec 18, 2013. Motion Agreed to 64/36.
The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 (H.J.Res. 59; Pub.L. 113–67) is a federal statute concerning spending and the budget in the United States, that was signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 26, 2013. On December 10, 2013, pursuant to the provisions of ...
Yea H.R. 4853 (111th): Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
Dec 15, 2010. Motion Agreed to 81/19.
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known as the 2010 Tax Relief Act, was passed by the United States Congress on December 16, 2010, and signed into ...
Yea H.R. 2996 (111th): Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010
Oct 29, 2009. Conference Report Agreed to 72/28.
Nay H.R. 4137 (110th): Higher Education Opportunity Act
Jul 31, 2008. Conference Report Agreed to 83/8.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2005 to Dec 2017, Isakson missed 189 of 3,954 roll call votes, which is 4.8%. This is much worse than the median of 1.4% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: