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Brian Kemp sworn in as governor of Georgia for final term in ceremony

Inauguration ceremony Thursday at 9:30 a.m.
Georgia Governor Kemp Inauguration
Georgia Governor Kemp Inauguration
Georgia Governor Kemp Inauguration
Brian Kemps Vision Georgia
Posted at 6:35 PM, Jan 11, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-12 12:26:32-05

ATLANTA (WTXL) — Brian Kemp was sworn in as governor of Georgia Thursday. The ceremony began at 9:30 a.m. at the Georgia State University Convocation Center.

Georgia Governor Kemp Inauguration
Gov. Brian Kemp is sworn in as Georgia's Governor during a ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Kemp, a Republican, is set to serve a second and final four-year term as governor.


The other constitutional officers sworn in are lieutenant governor elect Burt Jones, secretary of state Brad Raffensperger, attorney general Chris Carr, state school superintendent Richard Woods, commissioner of agriculture elect Tyler Harper, commissioner of insurance John King and commissioner of labor elect Bruce Thompson.

All candidates sworn in are Republicans who won their respective positions during the general election in November.

During a speech at the ceremony, Kemp noted several initiatives he plans to address during his term.

Kemp defeated Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams in the general election for governor Nov. 8, 2022.

According to the Georgia Secretary of State Elections website, Kemp earned 53.41% (2,111,572 votes) of the votes. Abrams tallied 45.88% (1,813,673 votes) of the votes.

Libertarian candidate Shane Hazel earned 0.71% (28,163 votes) of the total vote. A total of 3,953,408 registered voters in Georgia casts ballots in the governor's race.

Kemp defeated Abrams in the 2018 general election for governor by a 50% to 48% margin as more than 50,000 votes was the difference for Kemp in 2018.