Gov. Brian P. Kemp, in a media release Tuesday, encouraged “all qualified Georgians who want to serve in the U.S. Senate to submit their applications online.”
“To ensure an open and transparent appointment process, I am encouraging all Georgians who want to serve in the U.S. Senate to submit their name and qualifications,” says Kemp. “We will carefully vet the applicants and choose a person who best reflects our values, our state, and our vision for the future.”
Kemp is expected to name Isakson’s successor in several weeks. Georgia’s senior U.S. senator is retiring on Dec. 31, three years into his third term, because of mounting health issues. Kemp’s appointee will serve throughout 2020; the Senate seat will be on the November 2020 ballot as well with the winner finishing Isakson’s term.
Also expected on the ballot is U.S. Sen. David Perdue, who’s in the first year of his first term. On Tuesday, Perdue paid tribute to his colleague on the floor of the Senate. Some of Perdue’s comments follow:
“It will be hard to see him go but the reality is, he won’t go. He’ll still be involved here. I’m sure I’ll get the phone calls about when we might have disagreed on a vote or why didn’t I think about this. He has been a tremendous partner for me these last four years.
“Johnny has left a profound legacy that’s worth celebrating, one that we should all strive to follow here in this body. He epitomizes the best for the United States Senate. His legacy can be summed up in one word — service. No matter what he does, Johnny puts other people before himself, and this has continued since the first day I knew him when he was running a real estate company in Atlanta, Ga.
“He served his country as a member of the Georgia Air National Guard. He served his communities as a Sunday schoolteacher for 30 years. I’ve done that, Madam President, and I know that’s a labor of love. That takes a lot of work. He served the people of Georgia in the State House and the State Senate and later in both houses of the United States Congress. In fact, he’s the only Georgian to ever to have done that. No matter what role Johnny has been in, he has always focused on helping others.
“His dedication to service is even more impressive because it has produced incredible results for our country. This town has a lot of activity, but it’s short on results. Johnny knows the difference.
“I’ve likened him, Madam President, to the Howard Baker of our era. He speaks softly, but when he speaks, people listen.”