Brian Porter Kemp is an American businessman and politician who was born on November 2, 1963. He has been the 83rd governor of Georgia since January 2019. He was the 27th secretary of state of Georgia from 2010 to 2018, and he was a Republican. From 2003 to 2007, he served in the Georgia State Senate.
Kemp was born in Athens, Georgia. He went to the University of Georgia and got a degree there. Before he got into politics, Kemp ran a number of businesses in agriculture, finance, and real estate. He was chosen to serve in the Georgia State Senate in 2002.
Governor Sonny Perdue chose Kemp to be Georgia's secretary of state in 2010 after Karen Handel quit to run for governor. Handel had been in the job for a year. Kemp was then elected as Georgia's secretary of state for a full term in 2010. He was reelected in 2014.
Kemp was born in Athens, Georgia. His father, William L. Kemp II, came from a well-known and politically powerful family. Julian H. Cox, Kemp's grandfather, served in the Georgia Legislature.
Kemp went to the private Athens Academy until the ninth grade when he switched to Clarke Central High School to play football for Billy Henderson. He graduated in 1983. Later, he got his degree from the University of Georgia. He studied agriculture there.
Before he ran for office, Kemp built homes and built land. After beating Doug Haines, a Democrat who was in office at the time, he was a Georgia State Senator from 2003 to 2007. In 2006, Kemp ran for the job of Georgia's Secretary of Agriculture.
He came in second in the primary, but Gary Black beat him in a runoff. Kemp first said he wanted to run for State Senate District 47 when incumbent Ralph Hudgens said he wanted to run for Congress in Georgia's 10th congressional district. Instead, Hudgens ran for office again, which changed Kemp's plans.
In 2015, personal information about more than six million voters was leaked to twelve groups, and Kemp was criticized for it. During the 2016 election, Kemp was the only state official to turn down help from the Department of Homeland Security to protect against Russian meddling.
In 2018, he ran for governor and ran against Stacey Abrams, who was the Democratic nominee. Kemp was criticized a few weeks before the election for putting on hold 53,000 applications to register to vote. Most of the people who wanted to register were African American.
After the 2020 presidential election in Georgia, Kemp was criticized by President Trump for following state law and certifying the results, even though Trump had repeatedly said the election was rigged.
The Election Integrity Act of 2021, which Kemp signed into law in 2021, gave the state government more power over local election officials and limited absentee voting and the number of ballot drop boxes in each county.
David Perdue, a former U.S. senator, ran against him in the Republican primary for governor of Georgia in 2022, but he lost.
Kemp married Marty Argo on January 8, 1994. Marty is the daughter of Bob Argo, who served in the Georgia House of Representatives for a long time. They have three daughters together. In Athens, the family goes to Emmanuel Episcopal Church.
Brian Kemp's Net Worth
Kemp's net worth went from $5.2 million in 2018 to $8.6 million, according to his most recent financial report. The AJC says that this included more than $4.6 million in properties and a $420,000 stake in a company that sells stones. Kemp also said he had a house in Athens worth $675k and $270k in cash.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Many Children Does Gov Brian Kemp Have?
Kemp married Marty Argo on January 8, 1994. Marty is the daughter of Bob Argo, who served in the Georgia House of Representatives for a long time. They have three daughters together.
Who Was Kemp's Running Mate?
Even though both Dole and Kemp didn't like each other, Dole chose Kemp as his running mate to get more support from the more conservative part of the Republican Party. The Clinton–Gore ticket would win the 1996 election, while the Dole–Kemp ticket would lose.