Commencement Speaker

Governor Brian Kemp

Photo of Governor Brian Kemp

Brian Kemp was elected 83rd governor of Georgia on Nov. 6, 2018, earning more votes than any gubernatorial candidate in state history.

A husband, father, businessman, and public servant, Kemp built his first business — Kemp Development and Construction Company — with a pick-up truck and a shovel. Today, more than three decades later, he is a successful entrepreneur with businesses and investments in banking, farming, timber, manufacturing, and real estate. He understands how to successfully create jobs, grow companies, recruit start-ups, and make deals on the international stage, while also providing opportunities for hundreds of hard-working Georgians. 

Kemp was instrumental in fighting to cut fees, taxes, and mandates on job creators and Georgia families during his Georgia Senate days. He utilized technology and innovation to cut bureaucratic red tape, slash spending, and streamline government in his role as secretary of state. 

Now, as governor, Kemp turns his attention to fighting to make Georgia No. 1 for small business through regulatory reform. He plans to work to ensure that all parts of Georgia, including the rural areas, have opportunities to grow and thrive. He also plans to fundamentally reform state government, keep Georgia families safe, and always put hard-working Georgians first. 

Kemp is married to the former Marty Argo of Athens. They are the proud parents of three daughters — Jarrett, Lucy, and Amy Porter.