Brian Porter Kemp (born November 2, 1963) is an American politician and businessman serving as the 27th and current Secretary of State of Georgia since 2010. 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 is currently the Republican nominee for Governor of Georgia in the 2018 election, which as the Secretary of State he is also in charge of overseeing. Kemp's oversight of elections and election data as Secretary of State has stirred controversy. In 2015, Kemp's office erroneously distributed the Social Security numbers and dates of birth of registered Georgia voters. During the 2016 election, Kemp was the only state official to reject help from the Department of Homeland Security to guard against Russian interference. Kemp also encountered criticism from voting rights advocates; from 2012 to 2018, Kemp's office cancelled more than 1.4 million voter registrations, and during the 2018 election, Kemp held up more than 53,000 voter registration applications, with nearly 70% of the voter registrations belonging to blacks.While running for governor, Kemp has been widely accused of voter suppression. He removed more than half a million voter registrations (8 percent of registered Georgia voters) from voter rolls under the pretense that they had moved out of state. An independent analysis of the voters found that of the 534,000 voters who were purged, 334,134 still lived at the same address. Only around 41,000 of those purged had actually moved out of state. Wikipedia