It’s Tuesday and time for another Take Five, HOH’s chance to get to know a member of Congress with five lighthearted questions relatively unrelated to legislative work. This week, Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., dishes on Peach State cuisine, T-ball versus ballet and life in multiple legislatures.
Q. What is your favorite food and why?
A. Fried chicken. It’s really very simple: My mother cooked the best fried chicken anybody ever cooked, and I grew up eating fried chicken every Sunday after church for lunch.
Q. Speaking of which, are Georgia peaches really all they’re cracked up to be?
A. They are. Actually, we’re not No. 1 in production, but we’re No. 1 in quality, in taste.
Q. What do you miss most from your state when you’re here?
A. I miss my nine grandchildren. My favorite thing is to play with my grandkids and I love them to death, so when I’m in D.C., I can’t do that and it’s what I miss the most. They go from 21 years old to 4 years old, so I’ve got the wide range, but right now they’re at that age where we’ve got ballet — I had two recitals last Sunday — and T-ball games tomorrow afternoon. I’ve got another one that’s a swimmer. So if I’m not at a swim meet, I’m at a soccer game. If I’m not at a soccer game, I’m at a T-ball game. If I’m not at a T-ball game, I’m at a ballet recital.
Q. What’s your own favorite pastime?
A. My favorite pastime is my grandchildren, but if I get to do just something for me, it’s play golf. I love to play golf. I’ve played since I was 16 years old.
Q. What’s the biggest difference between the Senate and the House, where you served from 1999 to 2005?
A. Probably the single biggest difference is the individual power that each senator has. The Senate operates under unanimous consent, which means that if any one of us objects, things come to a grinding halt. In the House you don’t have that power because the Rules Committee pretty much controls the floor and the speaker controls the agenda. You know, I’ve been in the state House, the state Senate, the United States House, the United States Senate — I’ve been in every legislature I could legally be elected to and be a Georgia resident. Every one of them is different; every one of them has been a learning experience. I’m just glad I finally made it to the Senate because it’s been a great experience.