Governor appoints first female senator from Georgia in almost a century to replace Isakson

Atlanta, GA – On Dec. 4, 2019, Georgia Gov. Brian P. Kemp announced the appointment of businesswoman Kelly Loeffler to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Senator Johnny Isakson, which becomes effective Dec. 31, 2019.

Georgia Gov. Brian P. Kemp announced the appointment of businesswoman Kelly Loeffler to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Senator Johnny Isakson on Dec. 4, 2019. Contributed photo

“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,” Kemp said in a press release. “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.”

Media reports have touted the appointment as being in violation of the wishes of Trump, which has generated some opposition to the appointment. However, local senators and public officials have offered their support of the appointment.

“I have known Brian Kemp for over a decade. As a friend and as Governor, he has proven to be an effective leader for both the state of Georgia and the conservative movement. He is a proven champion in the fight to protect life. Simultaneously, he has further developed Georgia’s robust and thriving business environment. I congratulate him and Kelly Loeffler on her appointment to the U.S. Senate. I look forward to working with her to promote the conservative principles and values of Georgia and our great President,” said U.S. Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga. 10).

U.S. Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga) echoed those sentiments.

“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,” Perdue said. “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.”

Loganville Mayor Rey Martínez with Kelly Loeffler, the business woman appointed by Gov. Brian Kemp to replace retiring Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson. Contributed photo

Loganville Mayor Rey Martinez was on hand for the ceremony and shared his confidence in the appointment.

“Our Governor has chosen a great lady. She’s going to do great things for Georgia. I was honored to be in the presence during her ceremony,” Martinez said

“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. 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,” Loeffler said in the press release. “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.”

Isakson, who is retiring due to ailing health, congratulated 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,” Isakson said.

U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, (R-Ga. 7 ) who will himself be retiring at the end of his term in 2020, also echoed his support for Kemp’s appointment of Loeffler.

“I’m thrilled with Governor Kemp’s choice to replace Johnny Isakson in the U.S. Senate. Kelly Loeffler’s decades of leadership and experience make her an excellent candidate to fill the Senate seat. From working on her family’s farm, her philanthropic work, to creating jobs and opportunity in the private sector, Kelly embodies the best of our public servants and citizen leaders, and Georgia’s small business owners and local entrepreneurs will benefit from her firsthand knowledge of the free market. I look forward to working with Senator Loeffler to expand the American Dream for the millions of hardworking families in Georgia,” Woodall said.

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