The departure of Johnny Isakson from Capitol Hill is a real loss in many ways.

For one, Georgia loses its senior senator. In his third term in the Senate after previously serving in the House, Isakson is someone who knows how government works and can leverage that for the home folks. That’s been to our benefit on important projects like the port in Savannah.

But the retirement of Isakson also means one more person who knew how to reach across the aisle is leaving Washington. Yes, he was a dyed-in-the-wool Republican, but he could work with Democrats too. We don’t see enough of that anymore.

We wish Sen. Isakson well as he battles Parkinson’s and other challenges, and we thank him for his service to Georgia and for the example he set for officials everywhere.

Our View is the opinion of the Walton Tribune editorial board, which includes Owner Patrick Graham and Editor and Publisher David Clemons.

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