Georgia’s now senior US Senator Johnny Isakson will now chair two senate committees: Veterans’ Affairs and Ethics. Daniel Malloy over at the AJC’s Political Insider explains how it happened:
Members of both committees gathered this morning to formally name Isakson as their chairman, in moves that were long-telegraphed. Isakson served as vice chair of the Ethics committee in the previous Democrat-controlled Congress, while his ascent into the top spot on the Veterans panel was enabled by Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., taking over the Intelligence Committee chairmanship. The previous top Republican there had been retiring Georgian Saxby Chambliss.
Senators typically can chair only one committee, but the Ethics is a special “select” committee, giving Majority Leader Mitch McConnell the leeway to allow Isakson to run both.
Congratulations to Senator Isakson. Georgia’s clout is certainly rising in Congress.