Sen. Johnny Isakson gives farewell address

WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- After decades of political service, Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) is resigning at the end of the year, citing health issues.

Sen Johnny Isakson (R-GA) poses for a photo with his family after delivering his farewell address on the Senate floor. (Source: Gray DC)

Tuesday, Isakson delivered his farewell address from the floor of the senate, preaching the importance of bipartisanship and collaboration.

“If you can’t pass a law, you can’t solve a problem,” said Isakson during his speech. “If you are one of those people that say 'my way or the highway', we have a problem.”

Isakson’s oldest son John, and grandson Jack flew in from Georgia to share the big moment celebrating his tenure with close friends and family.

“He’s definitely come along way and I can’t wait to see how he expands off his legacy going into retirement,” said Jack Isakson.

Isakson’s departure is causing a Senate seat shake-up in the south. Both of the Georgia’s Republican held seats will be up for grabs in 2020, as Sen. David Purdue (R-GA) is up for reelection.

While members of the Democratic National Committee hope to flip both seats, republican leaders say a democratic upset is a long shot.

Isakson’s family says they will be keeping an eye on the upcoming races, but for now they are focusing on his retirement.

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