Speaker Pro-Tempore Jan Jones

In this Feb. 26, 2019 photo, Speaker Pro-Tempore Jan Jones, R-Milton, speaks in favor of a bill to buy a new $150 million election system that includes a paper ballot printed with a ballot marking device. On Monday, Sept. 30, 2019 Jones joined the competition to replace retiring GOP U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson.

Georgia’s House Speaker Pro-Tempore has joined the list of Georgians who have applied to be appointed to Sen. Johnny Isakson’s seat in the U.S. Senate.

Rep. Jan Jones, R-Milton, is one of more than 300 people who have applied for the position since Gov. Brian Kemp made an open call for the interim post on Sept. 17. 

She is the highest-ranking female legislator in the history of the Georgia General Assembly, according to House spokesperson Betty Theroux.

“If given the honor of serving our great state in the U.S. Senate, I will work tirelessly as your partner on behalf of all Georgians in support of conservative policies that will bring greater prosperity and opportunity,” Jones wrote in a letter to Kemp.  

Last month, Isakson, a longtime figure in Georgia politics, announced that he will be retiring at the end of the year due to health issues. Kemp must now appoint a senator to fill the position until a special election scheduled for Nov. 3, 2020.

“No one will outwork me as I fight for votes alongside [Georgia U.S.] Sen. [David] Perdue and President Trump in all corners of the state for the 2020 election – and then proudly share a ticket with you in 2022. I have the experience, I have the know-how, and I have the work ethic to win and serve our state’s 10.5 million residents,” Jones wrote.

During her political career, Jones has worked to expand school choice and combat human trafficking. She is an advocate for Second Amendment rights and is against illegal immigration. 

Other applicants include U.S. Health Secretary Tom Price, U.S. Rep. Doug Collins and Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols.

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Nyamekye Daniel has been a journalist for three years. She was the managing editor for the South Florida Media Network and a staff writer for The Miami Times. Daniel's work has also appeared in the Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald and The New York Times.