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Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, a lifelong resident of Athens, is a graduate of Clarke Central High School and of the University of Georgia, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture.
Brian Kemp has been Secretary of State since January 2010. Among the office’s wide-ranging responsibilities, the Secretary of State is charged with conducting secure, accessible and fair elections, the registration of corporations, the oversight and regulation of securities and the administration of professional license holders.
Secretary Kemp is committed to utilizing fiscally conservative business principles, implementing technology throughout each division and removing government red tape and regulations that block economic growth and recovery and job growth. Kemp has implemented many e-government solutions allowing the agency to communicate more efficiently with Georgia businesses, reduce the time businesses spend on paperwork, reduce costs to Georgia’s taxpayers and make the office more transparent.
Secretary Kemp achieved increased efficiencies throughout his agency by practicing zero-based line item budgeting and streamlining the agency’s overall workforce. To increase transparency, Secretary Kemp places both his zero-based budgeting plan and monthly expenditures on the agency website.
As Georgia’s Chief Elections Administrator, Secretary Kemp has restructured delivery of numerous services to more closely align with the needs of constituents by digitizing interactions between the agency and voters and has established Georgia as a national model for election security. The My Voter Page or “MVP” voter education website allows voters to view their sample ballot, find their early voting locations and times, find their Election Day polling location, verify their registration status and much more. Georgia’s military and overseas voters can also use MVP to receive ballots electronically.
Secretary Kemp achieved significant victories for the protection of election security when he filed suit against the U.S. Department of Justice to obtain preclearance of Georgia's verification system for new voter registration applicants, which includes citizenship.
Secretary Kemp also implemented the Stop Voter Fraud website so citizens can report questionable election-related activity online or by calling the Secretary of State’s Voter Fraud Hotline. Additionally, the agency’s Investigations Division increased its partnerships with state and local law enforcement to investigate and prosecute voter fraud.
Finally, Secretary Kemp established the Secretary of State’s Election Advisory Council, comprised of experienced election officials and leaders from across the state. The Council is tasked with reviewing the Georgia Election Code and State Election Board Rules, and making recommendations that improve and strengthen Georgia’s election laws and procedures.
During his career, Secretary Kemp has helped found and develop many small businesses. Today, among his numerous business interests, he is the owner of Kemp Properties, a small business specializing in real estate investments and property management.
Secretary Kemp served in the Georgia State Senate from 2002-2006. Secretary Kemp served in committee leadership roles including Chair of Public Safety & Homeland Security and Vice-Chair of Higher Education.
Secretary Kemp, 50, is married to the former Marty Argo of Athens. They are the proud parents of three daughters and are actively involved in various school activities with their children and various charities. The Kemps are active members of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Athens.