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Sen. John “Johnny” Isakson

Former Senator for Georgia

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Isakson was a senator from Georgia and was a Republican. He served from 2005 to 2019.

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, 2005-2019]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2019 Report Card for Isakson.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Isakson is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2020 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Isakson sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Dec 21, 2020. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Isakson was the primary sponsor of 25 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 25 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Isakson sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (39%) Armed Forces and National Security (16%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (12%) Labor and Employment (9%) Transportation and Public Works (8%) International Affairs (7%) Education (7%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Isakson recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Isakson voted Yea

Conference Report Agreed to 83/16 on Feb 14, 2019.

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, …

Isakson voted Yea

Bill Passed 72/26 on Sep 28, 2016.

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 …

Isakson voted Yea

Joint Resolution Passed 78/22 on Sep 18, 2014.

Isakson voted Yea

Motion Agreed to 64/36 on Dec 18, 2013.

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 …

Isakson voted Yea

Resolution of Ratification Agreed to 71/26 on Dec 22, 2010.

Isakson voted Yea

Motion Agreed to 81/19 on Dec 15, 2010.

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 …

Isakson voted Yea

Isakson voted Nay

Conference Report Agreed to 83/8 on Jul 31, 2008.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2005 to Dec 2019, Isakson missed 347 of 4,670 roll call votes, which is 7.4%. This is much worse than the median of 1.8% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2019. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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