Kemp sworn in as Georgia's 83rd governor

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By: Associated Press
January 14, 2019

Credit: Georgia Secretary of State Office

ATLANTA (AP) -- Republican Brian Kemp is Georgia's 83rd governor.

Kemp was sworn in Monday before a crowd gathered at a stadium in Atlanta.

The ceremony took place before the GOP faithful, lawmakers, members of Kemp's Cabinet and Kemp's family.

Sylvia Turnage of Blairsville, Georgia said she had followed Kemp's political career for years and was excited to get to see him sworn in. Turnage said she liked Kemp because he pledged to support the agriculture industry and rural Georgians.

But state Democrats showed they weren't ready to put the rancorous 2018 election behind. A political group founded by Kemp's Democratic opponent Stacey Abrams is challenging the way Georgia elections are run in federal court, alleging "gross mismanagement."

Turnage said she thought the election was fair and Democrats were "unwise" to continue their challenge.


By: Associated Press
January 14, 2019

ATLANTA (AP) -- Republican Brian Kemp is set to be sworn in as Georgia's 83rd governor Monday in Atlanta.

The former Georgia secretary of state rose from underdog status to clinch a Republican primary runoff with tough talk on immigration and a nod from President Donald Trump.

His general election campaign against Democrat Stacey Abrams was marked by accusations of voter suppression and mismanagement against Kemp, who served as the state's chief election officer during his run. Kemp vehemently denied the claim, pointing to record-setting voter registration numbers.

Kemp has promised to pursue conservative policies including signing tough abortion restrictions and a "religious freedom" bill bill that critics say allows discrimination against gay and lesbian citizens.

Kemp is 56 and a native of Athens, Georgia. He and his wife, Marty, have three teenage daughters.