Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., is due to vacate his congressional seat by Dec. 31 after four decades in elected office due to health challenges. Isakson, whose term is supposed to conclude in 2022, became the first Republican in the state of Georgia to be elected for a third term Congress' upper chamber three years ago, His office said Wednesday.
"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," he noted. The 74-year-old senator was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease six years ago.
Isakson started his public-sector career as a member of the Georgia Air National Guard. He also serves as chairman of the Senate Ethics and Veterans’ Affairs Committees.