Changing the Senatorial Leadership of Georgia Essay

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Getting to Know Your Congressional Senators: Georgia



The state of Georgia is extremely diverse, encompassing highly rural areas as well as one of the region's major cities, that of Atlanta. The state, like many in the South, has historically leaned conservative in terms of its political affiliation. Its two senators are Republican, that of the senior senator John Isakson (who has served the state since 1996) and the junior senator David Perdue (who has served the state since 2014). Isakson has a strong conservative voting record on issues such as abortion, affirmative action, and same-sex marriage according to the nonpartisan website On the Issues. He also has a strong pro-business voting record. David Perdue has a similar voting record.



This homogeneity in and of its self is problematic for Georgia. This does not represent Georgia's full diversity as a state, particularly given its significant urban community (which draws both business and tourism) as well as its racial diversity. The fact that the senators oppose both affirmative action and gay rights underline the fact that they do not support the rights of all Georgians and also suggests they embrace more of a trustee model of leadership; they act as advocates for the Republican party, with whom they vote with on the majority of their decisions, according to their legislative records, versus the complex needs of the inhabitants of Georgia.

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According to On the Issues as well, both senators are on the record as opposing Obamacare and offering healthcare coverage to more Americans through expanding Medicaid, despite the many state residents that depend on this as their primary means of healthcare.



Georgia's demographic composition and politics are in a state of flux and growing more diverse and more liberal. According to Blustein (2015): "A narrow majority of students in Georgia's public schools are now non-white and the data show that the proportion of white children could diminish to about 30% by 2060." African-Americans are more apt to solidly vote Democratic, and in the future there is likely to be a change in the state to favor more liberal candidates. A recent contested House election nearly resulted in a Democrat being elected in what was thought to be a solidly red district (Martin & Fausset 2017).



A final problem with Georgia's current senatorial leadership is its support for environmental rights. Both….....

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Blustein, D. (2015). A deeper look at Georgia's fast-changing electorate. AJC. Retrieved from: http://politics.blog.ajc.com/2015/04/14/a-deeper-look-at-georgias-fast-changing-electorate/

"David Perdue." (2017). On the Issues. Retrieved from: http://www.ontheissues.org/Senate/David_Perdue.htm

"John Isakson." (2017). On the Issues. Retrieved from: http://www.ontheissues.org/Senate/Johnny_Isakson.htm

Martin, J. & Fausset, R. (2017). Jon Ossoff, a Democrat, narrowly misses outright win in Georgia House race. The New York Times. Retrieved from: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/19/us/politics/georgia-special-election.html?_r=0

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