Georgia Governor appoints new Secretary of State

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal swearing in Robyn Crittenden as the new Secretary of State Thursday afternoon. / Photo: Georgia Governor Nathan Deal's Office

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has named a replacement for former Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

Deal has appointed former Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) Commissioner Robyn A. Crittenden to serve the rest of Kemp's term in the wake of his Thursday morning resignation.

“Robyn’s experience as an attorney, public servant and agency head make her exceptionally qualified to fill the role of Georgia’s secretary of state,” said Governor Deal. “She is a leader with brilliant intellect, high integrity, and a wide range of experience in public service. Robyn has been one of the most effective leaders within my administration and she is well-qualified to fill one of the most important jobs in state government. I appreciate her willingness to fill this role and I thank Gov.-elect Kemp for his leadership as secretary of state.”

Officials with the Governor's office say that Crittenden is the first African-American woman to serve as a statewide constitutional officer in Georgia history.

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