Brian Porter Kemp (born November 2, 1963) is an American politician and businessman. He is currently the Governor-elect of Georgia, who served as the 27th Secretary of State of Georgia from 2010 to 2018. Kemp was appointed by then-Governor Sonny Perdue to succeed Karen Handel when she stepped down to run in the 2010 Georgia gubernatorial election. He was later elected to the position in 2010 and reelected in 2014. He will assume the office of the Governor of Georgia on January 14, 2019.