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Sen. John “Johnny” Isakson

Senator for Georgia

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Isakson is the senior senator from Georgia and is a Republican. He 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 as a Republican from 1999 to 2004.

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

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 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 from Jan 6, 2015 to Mar 14, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

FreedomWorks: 93% United States Chamber of Commerce: 92% Americans for Prosperity: 85% NumbersUSA: 77% The Club for Growth: 67% The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: C NIAC Action: D League of Conservation Voters: 10% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 0%

Committee Membership

John “Johnny” Isakson sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Isakson was the primary sponsor of 21 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 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Isakson sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (36%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (17%) Armed Forces and National Security (14%) Labor and Employment (10%) Education (7%) International Affairs (6%) Transportation and Public Works (6%)

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.J.Res. 31: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019
Feb 14, 2019. Conference Report Agreed to 83/16.
This bill, in its final form, funded the parts of the federal government whose funding was to lapse on February 15, 2019. On December 22, 2018 the 115th Congress was unable to reach a deal to fund some federal agencies through fiscal year 2019 after ...
Yea H.R. 1892: Further Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018; Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018, the SUSTAIN Care Act of 2018; Family First Prevention Services Act.; Honoring Hometown ...
Feb 9, 2018. Motion Agreed to 71/28.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of funding for the federal government through March 23, 2018, to avert a government shutdown that would have occurred on February 9, 2018 had this bill not been enacted. The bill was introduced as the Honoring Hometown Heroes ...
Yea H.J.Res. 43: Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule submitted by Secretary of Health and Human Services relating ...
Mar 30, 2017. Joint Resolution Passed 51/50.
Joe Biden never got the opportunity to break a single 50-50 Senate tie in eight years as vice president. Mike Pence has already broken two. One from last month has since become law: a measure allowing states to withhold federal Planned Parenthood funding. (The other ...
Yea H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
The Continuing Appropriations and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, and Zika Response and Preparedness Act (H.R. 5325) is an appropriations bill which extended funding at the previous year's levels up to December 9, 2016 (10 weeks). After this, a continuing ...
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. 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 Mar 2019, Isakson missed 206 of 4,291 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:

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