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Kemp appoints Kelly Leoffler to U.S. Senate

Kemp appoints Kelly Leoffler to U.S. Senate

December 4, 2019–10:54 a.m.

STAFF REPORTS

As expected, Governor Brian Kemp appointed businesswoman Kelly Loeffler to fill the unexpired term of Johnny Isakson in the U.S. Senate Wednesday.

She is the chief executive officer of Bakkt, a subsidiary of commodity and financial service provider Intercontinental Exchange, and the co-owner of the Atlanta Dream of the Women’s National Basketball Association.

“I am not a career politician or even someone who has run for office,” Loeffler said during a news conference on Wednesday.  “I have spent the last 25 years building businesses, taking risks and creating jobs.  I haven’t spent my life trying to get to Washington.  Here is what folks are going to find out about me, I’m a lifelong conservative, pro-2nd Amendment, pro-Trump, pro-military and pro-wall.”

Loeffler will serve one year for Isakson who is stepping down for health reasons.

She will then have to run in a special election in January to win a full six-year term.