Brian Kemp To Be Sworn-in As New Governor At Georgia Tech

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ATLANTA, GA — After winning the nation’s most watched governor’s race last November, Brian Kemp will be inaugurated as Georgia’s new governor in one week, on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Kemp, an avid University of Georgia fan, is holding his swearing-in ceremony on the campus of Georgia Tech in Midtown, at the McCamish Pavilion. He will make his inaugural address at 2 pm in Georgia Tech’s basketball arena.

Kemp made his first public appearance of 2019 Jan. 2 when he appeared at a human trafficking event in Midtown. More than 70 school buses parked outside Atlantic Station for the event. They moved from the complex to Mercedes-Benz Stadium with anti-trafficking messages on their sides. The annual event takes place before the Georgia General Assembly convenes later this month.

Kemp’s inauguration is the same day as the opening of the 2019 Georgia General Assembly. For the first time in more than eight years, the state has a new governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state and other top elected and appointed leaders. Even though Democrats gained 13 legislative seats in the 2018 elections, mainly due to GOP retirements, Republicans still hold large majorities in both the House and Senate. The GOP also controls every statewide elected office.

Several controversial issues will face Kemp, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and other legislative leaders, not the least of which Georgia’s transition from electronic to paper ballots. After an historically close gubernatorial election marred by Democrats’ allegations of voter suppression and fraud, Raffensperger will be charged with overseeing updates to the state’s 20-year-old voting system.

With Super Bowl LIII less than a month away in Atlanta, lawmakers will also address stronger measures against sex trafficking. In recent years, the Super Bowl has gained the image of being a magnet for the crime to the game’s host city.

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ATHENS, GA – NOVEMBER 06: Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp attends the Election Night event at the Classic Center on November 6, 2018 in Athens, Ga. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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