Read our 2018 Report Card for Isakson.
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 from Jan 6, 2015 to Sep 16, 2019. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
John “Johnny” Isakson sits on the following committees:
- Chair, Senate Select Committee on Ethics
- Chair, Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
- Chair, Subcommittee on State Department and USAID Management, International Operations, and Bilateral International Development
- Member, Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy
- Member, Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy
Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
- Chair, Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety
Senate Committee on Finance
- Member, Subcommittee on Health Care
- Member, Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness
- Member, Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight
Isakson was the primary sponsor of 21 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 87: Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park Boundary Adjustment Act
- S. 89: Fort Frederica National Monument Boundary Expansion Act
- S. 3479: Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2018
- S. 3089: Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2018
- S. 2372: VA MISSION Act of 2018
- S. 2193 (115th): Caring for our Veterans Act of 2017
- S. 1598: Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017
Does 21 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
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 at least about half 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).
Isakson sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Isakson’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 2473: Extension of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act
- S. 2072: Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2019
- S. 2033: Cullum Owings Large Truck Safe Operating Speed Act of 2019
- S. 1712: DISARM Act of 2019
- S. 1574: Lifetime Income Disclosure Act
- S.Res. 157: A resolution supporting the designation of April 2019 as “Parkinson’s Awareness Month”.
- S.Res. 138: A resolution recognizing the 50th anniversary of The Dental College of Georgia at ...
From Jan 2005 to Sep 2019, Isakson missed 262 of 4,530 roll call votes, which is 5.8%. This is much worse than the median of 1.5% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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