Brian P. Kemp
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp has served as Secretary of State since 2010. The Secretary of State is responsible for the administration of secure, accessible, and fair elections; registration of corporations; regulation of charities and securities; and oversight of professional license holders.
Secretary Kemp has implemented many e-government solutions while in office. He has also worked to communicate more efficiently with Georgia’s businesses, promote voter registration, cut bureaucratic red tape, reduce costs on Georgia taxpayers, and deter corporate identity theft.
As Georgia’s top elections official, Secretary Kemp works to ensure all eligible citizens have access to the polls. In March of 2014, Secretary Kemp announced Georgia’s first Online Voter Registration System (OLVR). Georgians can easily access OLVR by either downloading the app “GASOS” or visiting the website of the Secretary of State Elections Division.
Secretary Kemp has also been instrumental in moving Georgia to the forefront in the presidential nomination process. Working with his colleagues in Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia, Kemp led the movement to hold a regional presidential preference primary on March 1, 2016. This date, now dubbed the “SEC Primary,” was the largest regional primary since 1992 to bring the road to the White House through America’s new heartland – the South.
Secretary Kemp was elected to the Georgia Senate in 2002 and served until 2006. During that time, he served as chair of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee and vice-chair of the Higher Education Committee. During his professional career, Secretary Kemp has founded and developed many small businesses. He remains an active small business owner today with companies involved in agribusiness, financial services, and real estate management and investment.
Secretary Kemp is a lifelong resident of Athens and a graduate of Clarke Central High School. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from the University of Georgia. He is married to the former Marty Argo of Athens and they are proud parents of three daughters. The Kemps are actively involved in school activities, charities, and are members of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Athens.