25 Facts About Brian Kemp

1. Brian Kemp is running for governor of Georgia against Stacey Abrams in a race that has garnered national attention.

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2. Brian Kemp has repeatedly invoked the threat posed by the gang MS-13, which he has tied to illegal immigration.

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3. Brian Kemp is a staunch defender of the Second Amendment and opposes any new gun restrictions.

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4. Brian Kemp said he has no plans to create regulations to tackle climate change and said local communities can set their own standards and rules, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

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5. Brian Kemp rejected allegations of voter suppression and said the moves complied with the law while blaming voter registration groups, like the New Georgia Project founded by Abrams, for submitting forms with incorrect information, WABE reported.

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6. Brian Kemp says he'd 'fight' to stop oil drilling off Georgia's coast.

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7. Brian Kemp said his biggest focus is on promoting economic growth to business leaders after Hurricane Michael.

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8. Brian Kemp was quoted in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution embarking on plans to address it.

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9. Brian Kemp is married to Marty Brian Kemp; they have three daughters.

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10. Brian Kemp was inaugurated as governor in a public ceremony in Atlanta on January 14, 2019.

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11. Brian Kemp introduced a controversial "exact match" policy during his first year as Secretary of State in 2010.

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12. Brian Kemp denied responsibility, instead saying researchers at Kennesaw State University, who managed the system, had acted "in accordance with standard IT procedures" in deleting the data.

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13. Brian Kemp came second in the primary, but he lost the runoff to Gary Black.

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14. Brian Kemp served as a Georgia State Senator from 2003 to 2007 after defeating the Democratic incumbent, Doug Haines.

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15. Brian Kemp implemented Georgia's controversial "exact match" system for voter registration.

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16. Brian Kemp was the only secretary of state to reject help from the US Department of Homeland Security to guard against Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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17. Brian Kemp is married to the former Marty Argo of Athens; they have three daughters.

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18. Brian Kemp blamed Abrams for the cancellation, saying that she was unwilling to reschedule it.

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19. Brian Kemp is running against Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams, the minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, in the general election.

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20. In the runoff election, Brian Kemp was endorsed by the GeorgiaCarry.

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21. In March 2017, Brian Kemp announced his candidacy in the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial election.

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22. In a 2017 interview, Brian Kemp denounced the effort as an assault on states' rights, stating, "I think it was a politically calculated move by the previous administration", adding "I don't necessarily believe" Russia had attempted to disrupt the elections.

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23. Brian Kemp initially declared intent to run for State Senate District 47 when incumbent Ralph Hudgens planned to run for Congress in Georgia's 10th congressional district.

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24. Brian Kemp was a home builder and developer before entering politics.

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25. Brian Kemp was appointed by then Governor Sonny Perdue to succeed Karen Handel when she stepped down to run in the 2010 Georgia gubernatorial election.

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