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UPDATE: Sen. Johnny Isakson diagnosed with Parkinson's

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UPDATE: Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement today after Sen. Johnny Isakson announced that he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease: 

“Sen. Isakson has served our state honorably for more than 35 years. Despite this health challenge, I have no doubt he will continue to serve our state with the same vigor and distinction he always has. I look forward to continuing to work with Sen. Isakson for years to come.”

ATLANTA -- U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson announced Wednesday he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

In a statement released by his press office, Isakson said he received the diagnosis in 2013 after seeing a neurologist for stiffness in his left arm. He is in the early stages of the disease, which also affects his gait.

Isakson said Parkinson's disease will not impact his decision to run for reelection in 2016.

"I believe (Isakson) is fully capable of continuing to perform his duties as a U.S. Senator, and I believe he is fully capable of running for reelection and serving another term," Dr. Thomas m. Holmes, the physician who treats Isakson at Marietta Neurology and Headache Center.

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