Johnny Isakson is a businessman, a public servant and family man whose common-sense approach and conservative values have made him a leader in Georgia for over 30 years. Johnny began his business career in 1967 when he opened the first Cobb County office of a small, family-owned real estate business, Northside Realty. Johnny later served as president of Northside for 20 years, presiding over the company’s growth into the largest independent residential real estate brokerage company in the Southeast and one of the largest in America. Johnny entered politics in 1974 and served 17 years in the Georgia Legislature and three years as Chairman of the Georgia Board of Education. In 1999, Johnny was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for the first of three terms before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004. He was re-elected to the Senate in 2010. He has worked to strengthen our Armed Forces, and continues to show unwavering commitment to the men and women who serve our country. As a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, one of Senator Isakson’s top priorities is to make sure America takes care of the veterans who have dedicated their lives to serving our country. He has seen firsthand the therapeutic effects that pets can have, and he cosponsored legislation that called for researching the potential they bring for the therapy and treatment of soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries. Johnny is a 1966 graduate of the University of Georgia and he served in the Georgia Air National Guard from 1966 to 1972. Johnny and his wife, Dianne, have been married since 1968 and have three grown children and nine grandchildren. They live in Marietta, Georgia, and attend Mount Zion United Methodist Church, where Johnny taught sixth-grade Sunday school for 30 years.