Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 155 Johnny IsasksonReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 155 Johnny Isaskson

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 155 Johnny Isaskson

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 155 Johnny Isaskson
Creator: Isakson, John Hardy (Johnny), 1944-
Dates: 2014 August 29
Extent: 1.0 interview
Collection Number: RBRL/220/ROGP
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: Johnny Isakson was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and has served in politics since his election to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1976. Since then, he has served in the Georgia Senate and both houses of Congress, and has run a successful real estate business. In this interview, Isakson sits down to talk after his return from a month-long tour of Georgia to meet with his constituents. He addresses various issues that include homeland security, the budget and economy, trade and transportation, and education.

Collection Description

Biographical note

John Hardy "Johnny" Isakson was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on December 28, 1944. He served in the Georgia Air National Guard from 1966 to 1972, rising to the rank of staff sergeant. He graduated from the University of Georgia, and opened Northside Realty. In 1979, he became president of the company, and led Northside to become the largest real estate company in Georgia. He first ran as a Republican for the Georgia House of Representatives in 1974 but lost that election. Running again in 1976, he won. He served seven terms, the last two as minority leader. He ran for governor in 1990, but lost to Zell Miller. In 1992, Isakson ran for the Georgia Senate and won, serving two terms. In 1996 he ran for Sam Nunn’s vacated U.S. Senate seat, but lost in the primary to Guy Millner. In 1998, Congressman and Speaker Newt Gingrich announced his retirement, and Isakson entered a special election in February. He won and was elected for a full term in 2000 and 2002. In 2003, Senator Zell Miller declared that he would not run for a full term in 2004. Isakson entered the race, winning the endorsement of President George W. Bush and the election, taking his seat in the senate in 2005.

Scope and Content

Johnny Isakson discusses the issues he addressed during his month-long tour of Georgia to meet with his constituents. He talks about homeland security, balancing the national budget, reforming the federal tax code, and the importance of military bases in Georgia. He also discusses securing funding for the expansion of the Savannah harbor, the need for increased funding of the Highway Trust Fund, and the way that the Quickstart Program, which funds technical education, has benefited the Georgia economy and employment rate.


Administrative Information and Restrictions

Custodial History note

Reflections on Georgia Politics began in the fall of 2006 at Young Harris College, as a lecture and discussion program hosted by Georgia political veteran Bob Short. In late 2007, the Richard B. Russell Library began producing the program as an oral history video series to further illuminate and personalize the tectonic shifts that occurred in Georgia politics in the late twentieth century.

Preferred citation

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 155, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

Copyright Information

Resources may be used under the guidelines described by the U.S. Copyright Office in Section 107, Title 17, United States Code (Fair use). Parties interested in production or commercial use of the resources should contact the Russell Library for a fee schedule.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared by Russell staff, 2015.


Related Materials

Access Points

Audiovisual.
Oral histories.

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Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

ROGP Johhny Isakson video and interview index in OHMS Access Online
ROGP Johhny Isakson video, 2014 August 29 Access Online