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Kemp appoints Kelly Leoffler to U.S. Senate

December 4, 2019–10:54 a.m.


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.