The beauty of Georgia’s outdoors has been memorialized in great photography, literature and poetry. One of the most famous descriptions from Georgia-born poet Sidney Lanier, “From Raybun Gap to Tybee Light…,” describes the state’s topography and evokes strong emotions from native Georgians and visitors alike.
U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson shares those strong feelings about Georgia’s natural beauty. As a boy, Isakson grew up spending summers on his grandparents’ farm in rural Ben Hill County. As a longtime public servant, Isakson has been fortunate to travel to all corners of Georgia, from the mountains to the coast, and has worked to protect and promote his state’s natural resources.
Conserving Georgia’s outdoors is serious business and serious fun for Senator Isakson, and protecting her public lands for recreation of all kinds is more than just a pledge. A hiker, boater and long-time trout fisherman, Isakson enjoys sharing time in the great Georgia outdoors with his family, which includes his wife, Dianne, their three married children and nine grandchildren. He also enjoys the occasional quail hunt.
“The best thing is fresh trout, rolled in cornmeal, cooked over a campfire with hushpuppies on the side,” said Isakson.
Membership in the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus allows Senator Isakson to exchange policy goals and ideas with like-minded members of the House and Senate from almost all 50 states to champion, protect and advance the interests of sportsmen and women.
In addition to supporting laws that protect the Second Amendment, Isakson has backed numerous pieces of legislation that advance hunting, angling and other activities Georgia’s sportsmen and women enjoy. He is a co-sponsor of the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015, permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and supported the Federal Duck Stamp Act of 2014 as well as the 2014 Farm Bill.
His support also includes votes for the Billfish Conservation Act of 2012, the Firearms Excise Tax Improvement Act of 2010, the Multinational Specials Conservation Funds Semi-Postal Stamp Act of 2010, the Clean Boating Act of 2008, the North American Wetlands Conservation Reauthorization Act of 2006, the Electronic Duck Stamp Act of 2005 and the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Act of 2005.
Senator Isakson looks forward to continued opportunities to support Georgia’s sportsmen and women.
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- Improve hunter and target shooter involvement in regulatory and legislative processes. (12.80%)
- Enact or expand temporary hunter education deferral programs (apprentice license programs, multiyear options, programs for all first-time hunters regardless of age, and programs promoting hunting of multiple game species). (10.40%)
- Offer shooting sports and hunter education as school activities and recreation programs. (61.60%)
- Link existing programming into family-oriented organizations (such as churches and home-school groups) where participants will have the social support to continue. (15.20%)