Nov. 3 – WASHINGTON – The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) inducted longtime former Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., Into its National Housing Hall of Fame at the fall reunion of leaders of the association in Houston last week.
The National Housing Hall of Fame recognizes individuals whose wit, ingenuity and determination have improved the country’s housing, making the United States one of the best housed countries in the world.
“It is a true privilege to welcome Senator Johnny Isakson to the NAHB Housing Hall of Fame after decades of public service and commitment to the housing industry,” said Senior Vice President of the NAHB, Savannah builder and real estate developer Jerry Konter. . âHe has always been a tireless advocate for homeownership and housing issues and he has had a lasting impact on our industry. He is a man of character, honor and integrity who amply deserves this honor.
âEvery builder and homeowner in Georgia has benefited from the hard work and commitment of Johnny Isakson over the past 40 years,â said Governor Brian Kemp. As a local business leader, a member of the Georgia General Assembly, the United States House of Representatives, and most recently the United States Senate, Johnny Isakson has been a relentless champion of private property rights and of home ownership. “
Following in his father’s footsteps, Johnny Isakson began his business career in 1967 when he opened the first Cobb County office of a small family owned real estate business, Northside Realty. He eventually held the position of president of the company for 22 years. While running the business, it grew to become the largest independent residential real estate company in the Southeast and one of the largest in America.
Isakson went on to lead a life of public service, first as a member of the Georgia General Assembly, then in the United States House of Representatives from 1999 to 2005, before becoming a United States Senator from 2005 to 2019.
In his role as a statesman, Isakson has had a significant impact on the housing market.
During the 2007-2008 housing crash and the financial crisis that followed, Isakson created a temporary tax credit for first-time homebuyers that helped stem the collapse in the housing market. Isakson also defended a temporary tax provision that prompted lenders to make deals with homeowners who were underwater on their mortgages, allowing them to stay in their homes without a tax penalty. He reached out to all parties, working with all peers in the Georgia General Assembly, United States House and Senate to ensure the protection of private property rights and property.
“Senator Isakson has spent his time in public service improving the lives and livelihoods of all Georgians,” said HBAG Chairman Bradley Jones, a custom home builder from Columbus. “The Home Builders Association of Georgia and homeowners statewide are especially grateful for the essential work he did as a United States Senator in getting us out of the Great Recession.”
The National Housing Hall of Fame was established in 1976 and honors builders, developers, architects, financiers, city planners and government administrators who have made major contributions to the housing industry. Hall of Fame winners are selected by the National Housing Center Board of Governors.
Other inductees to the Housing Hall of Fame this year include former NAHB presidents Rick Judson, Kevin Kelly and Barry Rutenberg.