Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) resigns from U.S. Senate

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) resigned from the Senate on December 31, 2019. Isakson had announced that he would resign his seat at the end of the year due to health reasons on August 28, 2019.

Isakson was first elected to the Senate in 2004 after incumbent Zell Miller (D) retired. He was re-elected in 2010 and 2016. Isakson served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1999 to 2004 and previously served in the Georgia state legislature.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) appointed businesswoman Kelly Loeffler to fill Isakson’s seat. Loeffler will be sworn in on January 6, 2020.

Isakson’s resignation means that a special election will be held on November 3, 2020, to fill the remaining two years of his Senate term. A special election will also take place on that date in Arizona to fill the remaining two years of the late John McCain’s (R) Senate term. Three U.S. House special elections were held in 2019 and three more U.S. House special elections are scheduled in 2020 to fill vacancies.

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