Kemp names Georgia’s next U.S. senator: Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp make if official Wednesday morning, naming Kelly Loeffler to the U.S. Senate seat Johnny Isakson will leave on Dec. 31. You can watch the announcement in the above Facebook Live video.
“From the farm to the New York Stock Exchange, Kelly Loeffler has lived the American Dream. I’m confident that she will work every single day to keep that same dream alive for our children, grandchildren, and generations to come. Kelly Loeffler will stand with the President, Senator Perdue, and their allies in the U.S. House and Senate,” said Governor Kemp. “I’m excited to appoint Georgia’s first female Senator in nearly 100 years – but, more importantly, I’m excited to appoint a life-long Republican who shares our conservative values and vision for a safer, stronger Georgia.
“Kelly is a patriot who believes in the greatness of America. She is willing to serve for freedom’s sake. She is a real conservative who will defend life against the radical left’s abortion-on-demand agenda, protect the Second Amendment, champion pro-growth policies, support our President, and put hardworking Georgians first.
“Senator Loeffler will fight to strengthen our immigration laws and finish the Border Wall so we can stop Mexican drug cartels from flooding our streets – here in Georgia – with drugs, weapons, violence, and fear. She will work to end this impeachment circus in Washington, D.C. and get Congress back to work for the American people.
“We have seen firsthand the impact that political outsiders like Donald Trump and David Perdue have in Washington, D.C. It is time to send them reinforcements so we can Keep America Great.”
“Over the last twenty-five years, I’ve been building businesses, taking risks, and creating jobs. I haven’t spent my life trying to get to Washington, but there are a few things folks are going to find out about me: I’m pro-Second Amendment, pro-military, pro-Wall, and pro-Trump. I’m a life-long conservative, and I make no apologies for my conservative values,” said Kelly Loeffler. “I’m strongly pro-life and believe that every life is a blessing. When it comes to protecting the innocent, I don’t look to government for the answers. I look to God.
“With all of the important work to be done in D.C. and here in Georgia, I’m disgusted by the impeachment circus and strongly oppose it. It’s a sideshow and partisan distraction. Democrats need to quit playing politics. We’re facing the fight of our generation – and that’s why I’m here. As an outsider, I know that I’ll have to prove it. I’ll work hard every day to earn Georgians’ confidence and support with my votes, priorities, and actions.”
From U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.
“I congratulate Kelly Loeffler on her historic appointment to the United States Senate. Kelly’s business experience and acumen will be an asset to Georgia and the Senate. The same tireless work ethic that has helped her succeed in business will also help her succeed in serving Georgians and our nation. It has been the honor of a lifetime for me to serve this great state in the U.S. Senate, and my staff and I will work closely with Kelly to ensure a smooth transition.”
Background: Isakson announced on Aug. 28 that he would resign from the Senate effective Dec. 31, because of mounting health challenges. He is vacating the seat halfway through his third six-year term. Loeffler will take over Isakson’s seat on Jan. 1, and will serve until a special election is held on Nov. 3, 2020. The winner of the special election will serve out the remainder of Isakson’s six-year term through Jan. 3, 2023.
From U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga.
“My number one goal is to continue the best economic turnaround in U.S. history and focus on the needs of the people of Georgia. The only way to ensure that happens is to advance President Trump’s agenda in the U.S. Senate. While Senator Isakson leaves behind big shoes to fill, I look forward to working with Kelly Loeffler, my new partner in the U.S. Senate, to continue that positive change for Georgia and our country.”
From U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ga.
“I welcome Ms. Loeffler to the Georgia delegation and look forward to getting to know her better. She’s known as a proven business leader who I trust understands the challenges that await her. I’m grateful to Senator Isakson for his more than four decades of work on behalf of Georgia families, businesses and our nation’s veterans. He will be missed but his impact will be felt for years to come.”