Former Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson, a Republican who held a long career in politics, has died at the age of 76. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said in a statement Sunday the Peach state "lost a giant" and remembered Isakson as "one of its greatest statesmen, and a servant leader dedicated to making his state and country better than he found it."
"Johnny Isakson personified what it means to be a Georgian. Johnny was also a dear friend to Marty, the girls, and me - as he was to so many," Kemp said in a statement. Isakson died just days ahead of his 77th birthday, according to the official Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. He served as senator for nearly 15 years until he resigned from office in 2019 citing health concerns. He had surgery to remove a growth on his kidney at the time of his announcement and was recovering from a fall that fractured four ribs, all while his Parkinson's disease continued to progress.