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.
Secretary Kemp has served as Secretary of State since January, 2010. Among the office’s wide-ranging responsibilities, the Secretary of State is charged with conducting efficient and secure elections, the registration of corporations, and the regulation of securities and professional license holders. The office also oversees the Georgia Archives.
Secretary Kemp served in the Georgia State Senate from 2002-2006. Among his many accomplishments, he led efforts to cut wasteful spending and streamline government, cut red tape and support small business growth, protect the HOPE Scholarship, preserve our water resources and green space, and promote early learning efforts.
In the Senate, Secretary Kemp served in committee leadership roles including Chair of Public Safety & Homeland Security, Vice-Chair of Higher Education, and Secretary of Agriculture & Consumer Affairs. He also served as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
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.
As Secretary of State, Kemp has committed his agency to utilizing fiscally conservative business principles, implementing technology throughout each agency division and removing government red tape and regulations that block economic recovery and job growth.
For example, the Corporations Division implemented the Cut the Red Tape website, which allows Georgians to share their ideas on how government can better serve Georgia businesses. New technologies also allow Georgians to renew their existing corporate entities online, form new corporate entities online, and provide their email address to receive online renewal notices and other important notices electronically. These e-government solutions allow the agency to communicate more efficiently with Georgia’s businesses, reduce the time businesses spend on paperwork, reduce costs to Georgia’s taxpayers, and deter corporate identity theft.
Secretary Kemp achieved increased efficiencies throughout his agency by practicing zero-based 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 implemented numerous e-government solutions for voters and established his state 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 download and print their absentee ballots.
Secretary Kemp achieved significant victories for both protection of election security and states rights 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. Georgia can now verify that voter registration applicants are who they say they are, and that they are U.S. citizens.
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.
Secretary Kemp, 48, 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.
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