U.S. Sen. David Perdue will replace the retiring Johnny Isakson on the Foreign Relations Committee and Kelly Loeffler, who will be sworn into the Senate next year, will take Isakson’s seat on Veterans Affairs.
Perdue noted that with his new assignment he will be the only Republican senator serving on Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees, making him a party to high-level talks about international affairs.
“We have made it clear that America’s national security comes first, but America first does not mean America alone,” the senator said. “Defense, development, and diplomacy go hand-in-hand and are key components of an effective national security strategy. “
Isakson’s retirement is effective Dec. 31, but Congress is wrapping up its work for the year. Senate Republicans were expected to vote today to finalize these new committee assignments.
Loeffler, who was appointed to Isakson’s seat by Gov. Brian Kemp, will likely be sworn in during the first week of January.
In addition to serving on Veterans Affairs, she will also replace Perdue on the Agriculture Committee and be assigned to the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
Loeffler said she was happy to serve on committees that have impact on Georgia residents, and her goals include lowering healthcare costs for Americans, improving the quality of education and strengthening programs for those who have served.
"As the daughter and granddaughter of two very special veterans, I am honored to serve our nation's heroes on the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee," she said in a news release. "I look forward to carrying on Johnny Isakson's strong commitment to our veterans and their families.”
Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.
Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.
Download the new AJC app. More local news, more breaking news and in-depth journalism. AJC.com. Atlanta. News. Now.
Download the new AJC app. More local news, more breaking news and in-depth journalism.
With the largest team in the state, the AJC reports what’s really going on with your tax dollars and your elected officials. Subscribe today. Visit the AJC's Georgia Navigator for the latest in Georgia politics.
Your subscription to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism. Visit the AJC's Georgia Navigator for the latest in Georgia politics.