Sigma Alpha Epsilon has a rich history of Brothers who have served the United States in an elected office, but few as many times as Johnny Isakson (Georgia ’66). He holds the distinction of being the only person elected to represent the state of Georgia in the state House (1977-1990, seven terms), state Senate (1993-1997, two terms), U.S. House (1999-2005, two terms) and U.S. Senate (2005-present, three terms). Senator Isakson will be retiring from the United States Senate effective December 31, 2019.

Isakson’s reputation is one of the highest esteem for his work ethic, patience, and humor. “He is part of the glue that holds this place together. Everybody respects his decency, his common sense, his humor, his kindness,” said Senator Christopher Coons.

An active Fraternity man, Isakson is a strong advocate for Greek-letter organizations in Washington, D.C., and supports his local Greater Atlanta Alumni Association. More than anything, Brother Isakson exemplifies commitment to service – one of the four pillars of SAE’s mission statement.

“I consider my fraternity experience one of the most important in my lifetime. It helped shape me in those early years and guides me now,” Isakson reflected. When asked what advice he would give to current SAE undergraduates, he said, “More than ever, it’s important that undergraduates live the ideals of the fraternity’s founders, rather than give in to momentary pressures. Conscience and courage will take you far.”

For his professional success and bringing positive recognition to the Fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon bestowed Isakson with The Highest Effort Award in 2015. Please help us with congratulating Senator Isakson on his much-deserved retirement.

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