Governor of Georgia (2019-present)
Brian Kemp is the Republican Governor of Georgia. Kemp was elected to the office on November 6, 2018.
Kemp defeated former state Rep. Stacey Abrams (D) in the 2018 election by a margin of just over 1 percentage point, succeeding term-limited Gov. Nathan Deal (R).
Kemp first won elected office when he unseated state Sen. Doug Haines (D) in the 2002 election, winning re-election in 2004. In 2006, Kemp ran for agriculture commissioner but was defeated in the Republican primary.
In 2010, then-Gov. Sonny Perdue (R) appointed Kemp to the secretary of state office vacated by Karen Handel (R), who had resigned to run for governor. Kemp was elected to a full term in 2010 and was re-elected in 2014.
Before entering elected office, Kemp was a small business owner, managing Athens-based Kemp Properties.
Kemp was born and raised in Athens, Georgia. He graduated from Clark Central High School and received his B.S. in agriculture from the University of Georgia. He is a member of Habitat for Humanity, a committee chair for the Sexual Assault Center, and the past president of Athens Area Homebuilders Association.
Prior to becoming secretary of state, Kemp served in the Georgia State Senate from 2003 to 2007. He ran for state agriculture commissioner in 2006 but lost in the Republican primary contest.
Kemp is a businessman and owner of Kemp Properties, a "small business specializing in real estate investments and property management."