Secretary of State Brian Kemp is running for Governor on the platform of putting Georgians first.
Kemp was born and raised in Athens, Georgia. He graduated from Clarke Central High School, and during his time there was a part of the state championship football team. Kemp says he learned the value of hard work and believing that the impossible is possible from his coach Billy Henderson.
He graduated from UGA with a bachelor’s in agriculture and started his own business, Kemp Properties, with just a pick-up truck and a shovel. Kemp is also the co-owner of Specialty Stone Supply.
Kemp is married to his childhood friend Marty and is a father to three daughters, Jarrett, Lucy and Amy Porter.
Kemp says he is a family man and is very active in his home church, Emmanuel Episcopal Church.
Kemp has been the Georgia Secretary of State since 2010. Before this, he was a state senator from 2002 to 2006 representing District 46, which contains all of Oconee County and parts of Walton and Clarke counties.
During his time in office, Kemp has been the Secretary of the Agriculture and Consumer Affairs committee, the Vice Chair of the Higher Education Committee and the Chair of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee. He was also a part of the Appropriations, Comprehensive Land Use Plan for Athens-Clarke Counting Steering, Transition Advisory and Waste Water Treatment advisory committees.
As governor, Kemp said he plans to invest in education and protect Georgians from gang violence. He also plans to lower taxes and healthcare costs and will work to put high paying jobs in all communities.
As for public safety, Kemp will focus on ending sex trafficking and punish sex predators. He plans to dismantle gangs and shutdown cartels.
Due to his wife, Marty Kemp, being a former Pre-K teacher, Kemp plans to support early childhood education, pay raises for teachers, local control and school choice. He will also stand with the Hope Scholarship.
Kemp is running on the promise to stand up for the people and fight for Georgia families.