U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., headed home from inpatient rehabilitation in Cobb County this week as he continues to recover from injuries he sustained during a recent fall in his Washington, D.C., apartment.
Isakson’s office said he was released from WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta. The senator has been recovering in recent weeks following the fall at his apartment, which left him with four fractured ribs. He was admitted to the hospital July 20 after he was released from a hospital in the Washington, D.C., area.
He is expected to continue his rehabilitation on an outpatient basis.
“I am doing much better thanks to the excellent medical care and rehabilitation services I have received,” Isakson said in a statement.
But Isakson’s release from the hospital doesn’t mean he will be back in the thick of things in the nation’s capital just yet.
The senator’s staff said he will stay in Georgia during the upcoming week instead of heading up to Washington for the final week before Congress’ August state work period, meaning he will not be present for a key budget vote.
Isakson is expected to head back to Washington after the August state work period, where U.S. representatives and senators spend time working in their states.
“I’m looking forward to sleeping in my own bed and will remain focused on making a full recovery so I can get back to work,” Isakson said.
Morgan enters Gwinnett commission chairman race
Attorney Andy Morgan recently made his candidacy for Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners chairman official during a campaign kickoff at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center.
Morgan is one of multiple Democrats who have announced bids to run for the chairman’s seat, which will be open next year due to Chairwoman Charlotte Nash’s decision to not run for reelection.
“My belief is in order for Gwinnett to harness the tremendous potential that lies ahead, it is essential that all of our communities, regardless of superficial differences and labels that define us, are empowered to actively participate as stakeholders in that future,” Morgan said.
Morgan has served on the Gwinnett Chamber’s Board of Directors, Habitat for Humanity’s board of directors and the Discovery High School advisory board among others.
His campaign said he plans to focus on economic development, affordable housing, education and quality of life.
Peachtree Corners resident appointed to Board of Regents
Gov. Brian Kemp appointed Peachtree Corners resident Jose Perez to serve on the board that oversees the University System of Georgia this past week.
Perez was appointed to serve on the university system’s Board of Regents. He received a master’s degree in economics from Florida Atlantic University and is the retired president of Target Market Trends.
Poll shows 61% approval rating for Gov. Kemp
Poll results recently released by NBC News shows that more than 60% of Georgia residents at least somewhat approve of the job Gov. Brian Kemp has been doing since he took office in January.
The polling showed a 61% approval rating for Kemp. That includes 30% of respondents saying they “strongly approve” of his job performance and 31% who said they “somewhat approve” of him.
Efstration, wife welcome son to family
State Rep. Chuck Efstration, R-Dacula, and his wife, Ashley, made a big announcement on social media Friday: They have a new son.
“Ashley and I are overjoyed to announce the birth of our son, James Wilbanks Efstration,” the legislator said in a Facebook post. “Mom and Baby are doing well. Praise God for this amazing miracle!”
♦ The Gwinnett County Democratic Party will host presidential debate watch parties Tuesday and Wednesday at the party’s headquarters in Gwinnett Place Mall, which is located at 2100 Pleasant Hill Road, Suite 243, in Duluth. Both parties will begin at 7 p.m.