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Collins seeks appointment to Isakson seat

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Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) confirmed Friday (Sept. 20) that he is seeking to be appointed to replace retiring GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), who is slated to vacate his seat at the end of the year.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) will pick Isakson’s successor, who will then face an election in November 2020.

Kemp has launched a website where Republicans who want to be considered for the proposal may submit their resumes, and Collins said he had done so.

Collins is the ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, where he has had a high-profile role in the GOP defense of President Trump.

Isakson announced his plans to leave office in late August, citing his health struggles after sustaining a fall which left him with broken ribs in July. He has also been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and recently underwent kidney surgery.

Collins was a state representative before being elected to his House seat in 2012.

More than 200 people have submitted their applications, including former Libertarian Senate candidate Allen Buckley and Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols.

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