Brian Kemp is an American businessman and politician serving as the 83rd governor of Georgia since January 2019.
Kemp was the 27th secretary of state of Georgia from 2010 to 2018 and a member of the Georgia State Senate from 2003 until 2007.
Born in Athens, Georgia, Kemp is a graduate of the University of Georgia.
Prior to entering politics, Kemp owned several agribusinesses, financial services, and real estate companies.
In 2002, Kemp was elected to the Georgia State Senate.
In 2010, Kemp was appointed secretary of state of Georgia by Governor Sonny Perdue following the resignation of Karen Handel to run for the governorship.
Kemp was subsequently elected to a full term as Georgia secretary of state in 2010; he was reelected in 2014.
In 2018, Kemp was a candidate for governor, where he faced Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams.
Following the general election on November 6, Kemp was declared the winner with 50.2% of the vote.
Kemp is currently being challenged in the Republican primary of the 2022 Georgia gubernatorial election by former U.S. senator David Perdue.
Kemp is married to Marty Argo, daughter of longtime Georgia House of Representatives member Bob Argo (m. January 8, 1994) and they have three daughters; Amy Porter Kemp, Jarrett Kemp, And Lucy Kemp.
Amy Porter Kemp is the youngest, Lucy Kemp is the second child and Jarrett Kemp is the eldest.