Residents in Isakson’s home county, Cobb, hailed the appointment as a positive step for the senator.
Former Cobb GOP Chairman Scott Johnson, an executive in the financial services industry, said Isakson is someone who lives in the real world, a senator who has built a company, made a payroll and understands that Americans can’t continue to borrow more than future generations can pay for.
“I have no doubt that Johnny’s exceptional ability to communicate his Georgia business experiences will cut through the political rhetoric during policy making on the Senate Finance Committee. And that is good for all of us,” Johnson said.
County Chairman Tim Lee called the appointment a significant benefit for Cobb County and the country. The political advantages of having Isakson on such a committee, Lee said, include, “His influence on hopefully getting the country’s spending back in check. His conservative leadership in that regard, I think, will be helpful. And second of all having his staff aware of the intricacies of the committee and funding opportunities that might be to an advantage of Cobb County.”
Dr. Roger Tutterow, professor of economics at Mercer University, said he wasn’t sure the appointment directly translates into political advantage for Georgia citizens.
“But I think what it shows is the high regard with which Sen. Isakson is held in the Senate both in terms of being a seasoned businessman who understands the nature of finance, but also his reputation for being a coalition builder and someone that is not afraid to reach across the aisle in efforts to advance policy that is in the best interest of the country,” Tutterow said.
Isakson, who has 30-plus years as a small businessman, will bring those skills to bear on the committee, which has jurisdiction over tax policy that affects all American families and small businesses.
The Finance Committee also oversees trade policy, Social Security and health programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, as well as Temporary Assistance to Needy Families.
“I am absolutely thrilled to serve on the Senate Finance Committee, and I thank Leader Mitch McConnell for allowing me the opportunity,” Isakson said in a press release.
“My No. 1 one priority in the Senate is to rein in federal spending and restore fiscal soundness to our country so that our children’s and grandchildren’s futures are bright and prosperous. As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, I am committed to finding meaningful solutions and working with anyone who will sit down at the table to turn our country’s course to reduce our debt and deficits.
Isakson said he was also committed to reforming Social Security and Medicare in order to save the programs for future generations who have worked to pay into the system.
“I will also work to ensure that America’s trade policies optimize the potential of American business and that our trading partners play by fair rules,” he said.
Isakson also will continue to serve on the Senate’s Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; Committee on Veterans’ Affairs; and Select Committee on Ethics.
“I also am thrilled that these committee assignments will allow me to continue working on issues that are so important in Georgia, especially education, pensions and veterans,” he said.