Former Senator Johnny Isaacson
Former Senator Johnny Isaacson, a representative Republican Party politician and co-chair of the Korea Caucus, has died at the age of 76.
Foreign media such as the Washington Post and Associated Press reported that the deceased died at his home in Atlanta on the early morning of the 19th local time, citing his family and acquaintances.
The deceased suffered from Parkinson’s disease and the exact cause of death has not been confirmed, the family said.
A millionaire from a real estate entrepreneur, the deceased has been involved in political activities in Georgia for over 40 years.
In particular, as one of the major figures in the US political circle, he has built up a special relationship with Korea by serving as the co-chair of the Korea Caucus, a gathering of members of the ‘Earth cold’ in the US Congress.
In 2015 and 2017, he also submitted a bill to the Senate to increase the quota for work visas for Korean professionals to 15,000.
It is also known that he played a decisive role in the nomination of then-Park Byung-jin, the Northern District Attorney of Georgia, as the first Korean-American federal prosecutor in 2017, during the time of former President Donald Trump.
Born in Atlanta, the deceased earned a master’s degree in business administration from Georgia State University and started a family business by raising a real estate company founded by her father, a former bus driver.
After entering politics in 1976, former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich resigned and was elected to the House of Representatives in a by-election held in 1999, entering central politics and the Senate in 2004.
Shortly after reaching the third term, he announced his diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease in 2015 and retired from politics.
During his tenure, he is credited with playing the role of a seasoned politician leading ‘behind the scenes’ negotiations, emphasizing bipartisan cooperation with the Democratic Party.
He is also known for hosting an annual barbeque party for over a decade for bipartisan cooperation.
In 2013, when former President Barack Obama was in office, Republicans tried to shut down the federal government in opposition to ‘Obama Healthcare’, publicly accusing it of being a foolish idea.
It is said that he led the mediation behind the scenes during the 35-day “shutdown” period from 2018 to 2019, during the presidency of Trump.
He was also at the forefront of criticism when Trump criticized the late ‘static’ John McCain.
In his senator’s resignation speech, the deceased emphasized bipartisan cooperation and said “Most people pointed at are people who can’t solve problems on their own.”
As chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, the deceased has made special efforts to improve the treatment of veterans.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp said in a statement: “The deeds of the deceased who honored veterans and always served Georgia will be remembered for generations to come.” I mourned.
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