Monday, 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 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.
Governor Kemp's inauguration will begin with a prayer service this morning at 10:00 a.m. The formal swearing in will take place at Georgia Tech at 2:00 p.m.
We are told the over 8,000 people are expected to attend.