WASHINGTON (AP) – Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia says he will retire at the end of 2019, citing ‘health challenges’
In a statement issued Wednesday, he said his Parkinson’s has been progressing and he is still recovering from a fall in July.
The 74 year old has been in office for 40 years.
A special election will be be held to fill the 3 years left in his term which is up in 2022
Sen. Isakson released the following statement:
It has been the honor and privilege of a lifetime to serve the state of Georgia in the Georgia State House, Georgia Senate, U.S. House and U.S. Senate. As you know, I have been battling health challenges for several years, and after much prayer and consultation with my family, I have decided I will leave the Senate effective December 31, 2019.
I am leaving a job I love because my health-challenges are taking their toll on me, my family and my staff. My Parkinson’s has been progressing and I am continuing physical therapy to recover from a fall in July. In addition, this week I had surgery to remove a growth on my kidney.
In my 40 years in elected office, I have always put my constituents and my state of Georgia first. With the mounting health challenges I am facing, I have concluded that I will not be able to do the job over the long term in the manner the citizens of Georgia deserve. It goes against every fiber of my being to leave in the middle of my senate term, but I know it’s the right thing to do on behalf of my state.
I thank you for your continued support. Without it, my years of service would not have been possible and because of that I am forever grateful.