Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., released the following statement Saturday on the passing of U.S. Senator John McCain:
“John McCain has left an example for all of us of what it takes to be an American patriot. His willingness to reach out to all to do what is right inspires us to work to find common ground. His life and work have left their indelible mark on history, and we all owe John a lot. May God bless John and his family.”
Isakson and McCain have served together in the U.S. Senate since 2005.
As chairmen of the Senate Committees on Veterans’ Affairs and Armed Services, Isakson and McCain have worked closely together to improve care for veterans and ensure a seamless transition for service members from the U.S. Department of Defense to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Isakson also endorsed McCain in the primary of his 2008 presidential election bid and campaigned with him in Georgia.
According to www.johnmccain.com:
McCain was a Vietnam War veteran and former POW.
He retired from the Navy in 1981. His naval honors include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart, and the Distinguished Flying Cross.
McCain was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona in 1982 and elected to the United States Senate in 1986. He was the Republican Party’s nominee for president in the 2008 election.
Over the course of his career, Senator McCain served as Chairman of the Senate Committees on Indian Affairs, Commerce, Science and Transportation, and most recently, Armed Services.
McCain is survived by his wife, Cindy, seven children and five grandchildren.
He will be laid to rest at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, Maryland.