Brian Kemp

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Brian Kemp
Secretary of State of Georgia
Assumed office
January 8, 2010
Governor Sonny Perdue
Nathan Deal
Preceded by Karen Handel
Personal details
Born (1963-11-02) November 2, 1963 (age 53)
Athens, Georgia, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Marty Argo
Education University of Georgia (BS)

Brian P. Kemp (born November 2, 1963) is the Republican Secretary of State of the U.S. State of Georgia. Kemp succeeded Karen Handel on January 8, 2010, when she stepped down to run in the 2010 Georgia gubernatorial election.

Kemp previously had served as a Georgia State Senator from 2002 to 2006 after defeating the Democratic incumbent. Kemp won the 2010 election for a full term as Georgia Secretary of State with 56.4% to 39.4% for his Democratic opponent, Georganna Sinkfield.[1] In 2014, Kemp was re-elected.

On March 31, 2017, Kemp announced his candidacy in the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial election.

Personal life[edit]

Brian Kemp is a lifelong resident of Athens who is married and has 3 children. He attended Clarke Central High School and the University of Georgia, where he obtained a bachelor of science degree in agriculture. He along with his family are also active members of Emmanuel Episcopal Church[disambiguation needed] in Athens.[2]


Brian Kemp is an active small business owner today with companies involved in agribusiness, financial services, and real estate management and investment.

Electoral history[edit]

Georgia State Senate 46th District Election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Brian Kemp 17,504 50.7
Democratic Doug Haines (inc.) 17,015 49.3
Georgia Secretary of State Republican Primary Election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Brian Kemp 361,304 59.2
Republican Doug MacGinnitie 248,911 40.8
Georgia Secretary of State Election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Brian Kemp 1,440,188 56.4
Democratic Georganna Sinkfield 1,006,411 39.4
Libertarian David Chastain 106,123 4.2
Georgia Secretary of State Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Brian Kemp (inc.) 1,452,554 57.47
Democratic Doreen Carter 1,075,101 42.53


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Political offices
Preceded by
Karen Handel
Secretary of State of Georgia