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Ga. state leaders respond to the passing of former Sen. Johnny Isakson

Senator Johnny Isakson (Source: WALB)
Senator Johnny Isakson (Source: WALB)
Published: Dec. 19, 2021 at 11:07 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 29, 2021 at 6:22 PM EST
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ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - Former Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson died overnight Sunday. He was 76.

Isakson represented Georgia’s 6th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1999-2005 then was a senator from 2005-2019.

During his third term as U.S. Senator, he was forced into retirement in December 2019 because of Parkinson’s disease.

“We are grateful for everyone’s prayers as we mourn the loss of our father,” Isakson’s oldest son, John Isakson said through a press release from Isakson’s team.

The release also said following his retirement from the U.S. Senate, Isakson dedicated his life to raising awareness and funding for research related to neurocognitive diseases including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and related dementia through The Isakson Initiative.

A memorial service for Isakson will be held Thursday, Jan. 6 at 2 p.m. A live stream of the service will also be available.

Several state leaders responded to Isakson’s passing.

Gov. Brian Kemp took to Twitter with a statement:

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