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Former Senator Johnny Isakson has Died at 76

For more than four decades, Republican Johnny Isakson served in the state house and senate plus the US House and senate before retiring in 2019.

He was one of the few politicians that was loved and respected by those on both sides of the aisle, and his farewell speech opined on his mantra:

“I’m big on bipartisanship, Isakson said. “Whether you’re Black or white, republican or democrat, whatever it might be. Find a way to find common ground, give it a chance to work and if it doesn’t, be a future friend.”

Isakson suffered from Parkinson’s disease and after leaving the Senate founded the Isakson initiative, dedicated to raising money and awareness for neurocognitive diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

Stephen Fowler is the Producer/Back-Up Host for All Things Considered and a creative storyteller hailing from McDonough, Georgia. He graduated from Emory University with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. The program combined the best parts of journalism, marketing, digital media and music into a thesis on the rise of the internet rapper via the intersectionality of social media and hip-hop. He served as the first-ever Executive Digital Editor of The Emory Wheel, where he helped lead the paper into a modern digital era.