Georgia Secretary of State Kemp to speak at GGC commencement
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp will be the keynote speaker at Georgia Gwinnett College’s fall commencement ceremony, to be held at 10 a.m., Dec. 17, in the Infinite Energy Forum (formerly the Gwinnett Center) Exhibit Hall. More than 300 GGC students will receive their bachelor’s degrees.
Kemp served in the Georgia State Senate from 2002-2006. He served in committee leadership roles including chair of Public Safety & Homeland Security and vice-chair of Higher Education. He has been secretary of state since his January 2010 appointment by Governor Sonny Perdue.
Among the office’s wide-ranging responsibilities, the secretary of state is charged with conducting secure, accessible and fair elections, the registration of corporations, the oversight and regulation of securities and the administration of professional license holders.
Secretary Kemp has implemented many e-government solutions allowing the agency to communicate more efficiently with Georgia businesses, reduce the time businesses spend on paperwork, reduce costs to Georgia’s taxpayers and make the office more transparent. He has increased efficiencies throughout his agency by practicing zero-based line item budgeting places both his budgeting plan and monthly expenditures on the agency website.
As Georgia’s Chief Elections Administrator, Secretary Kemp has restructured delivery of numerous services to more closely align with the needs of constituents by digitizing interactions between the agency and voters and has established Georgia as a national model for election security. This includes introducing the “My Voter Page” voter education website, the Stop Voter Fraud website and the Secretary of State’s Election Advisory Council.
A lifelong resident of Athens, Kemp holds a bachelor’s of science in agriculture from the University of Georgia. He owns Kemp Properties, a small business specializing in real estate investments and property management.