If you look closely at Shirley Franklin, if you push past the no-nonsense administrator, the skilled negotiator, the vigilant steward, the popular, bridge-building mayor who has energized Atlanta's business community for the first time in decades, you're left with a defining insight into her success: sheer willpower.
Georgia Trend - January 2007
There is an old Korean proverb that takes a stab at power, influence and the distinction between the two: “Power lasts 10 years; influence not more than a hundred.” Our ninth edition of the 100 Most Influential Georgians puts the spotlight on individuals whose influence has been tested over time, as well as some who have only recently ascended to positions of great power.
Longtime Republican Johnny Isakson was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2003, after three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, 17 years in the Georgia General Assembly and three years as chairman of the state board of education. His reputation is that of a consensus builder, skilled at working with colleagues from both parties.