Brian Kemp

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Incumbent

Background

Brain Kemp received his B.S. in agriculture from the University of Georgia. Before becoming Governor, his political career included his election to the Georgia State Senate from 2003-2007, as well as his appointment to Georgia’s Secretary of State by former Secretary of State Karen Handel.

Governor Kemp is an entrepreneur with businesses in banking, farming, timber, manufacturing, and real estate. He understands how to create jobs, grow startups, and make deals on investment. Kemp served on the Board of Suncrest Stone in Tifton as a Founding Director. Brian ran in the early 2000s due to his frustration with the government. As a member of the Georgia State Senate, he fought to cut fees, taxes, and mandates on job creators and families of Georgia.

Key Issues

Economy

Kemp wants to make Georgia a hub for small businesses by cutting taxes, as well as make Georgia a hub for global commerce. Furthermore, Kemp will ensure taxpayers can easily navigate and find necessary information. Kemp wants to use the state’s budget to finance Georgians by issuing tax refunds and eliminating the income tax for veterans.

Education

Kemp wants to strengthen education in rural Georgia. He will do this by addressing Georgia’s teacher shortage by removing barriers to entry, as well as increasing teacher’s wages. He also wants to dismantle Common Core and reduce high-stakes testing, creating a more individualized approach to learning. He wants to expand access to mental health resources in schools, and keep students and teachers safe on campus.

Healthcare

Kemp believes that rural counties deserve a patient-centered healthcare system. He wants to expand Medicaid coverage for pregnant women from six months to 12 months after they give birth. Kemp also wants to expand nursing programs to bolster Georgia’s health care workforce.

Reproductive Rights

Kemp is pro life, and believes that fetuses are lives that deserve protection. In May of 2019, Kemp tried to sign an abortion bill that banned abortion if a fetal heartbeat was detected. This bill was struck down, being ruled unconstitutional.

Endorsements

Jonesboro Councilman Ed Wise, Villa Rica Mayor Jeff Reese, Williamson Mayor Steve Fry, Dublin City Council Curtis Edwards, Valdosta Councilman Tim Carroll, Dahlonega Councilman Bruce Hoffman, Dallas City Councilman Jim Henson, Newnan Mayor Keith Brady, Thomaston Mayor JD Stallings, Acworth Alderman Brett North, Monroe Councilman Lee Malcom, Gray Mayor Ed Barbee, Duluth Councilman Billy Jones, Kingsland Councilman Mike McClain, Kingsland Councilman Jim McClain, McRae-Helena Councilman Mike Morris, Eatonton Mayor Walter Rocker, Gordon Mayor Kenneth Turner, Varnell Councilman David Owens, Acworth Alderman Albert Price, Warner Robins Councilman Tim Thomas, Elberton Councilman Troy Colquitt, Madison Mayor Pro Tem Richard Blanton, Camilla Councilman Danny Palmer, and Savannah Alderman Brian Foster

Sources

Official State of Georgia website

Ballotpedia

Official State of Georgia website

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Official State of Georgia Website

Forbes

Edweek

CNN

Atlanta Journal Constitution

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