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Johnny Isakson, former Georgia Republican U.S. senator, dies

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Posted at 11:58 AM, Dec 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-19 12:02:02-05

ATLANTA (AP) — Former Georgia Republican U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson has died. He was 76.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp's office confirmed the death in a news release Sunday.

Isakson rose from the ranks of the state Legislature to become a U.S. senator and was known as an effective, behind-the-scenes consensus builder. His own views on flashpoint issues such as abortion became more conservative over the years as Georgia’s own politics shifted.