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Kemp appoints Loeffler to serve in place of Isakson

On Dec. 4, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp named Kelly Loeffler to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by Johnny Isakson’s retirement.

Loeffler will serve in the Senate through the 2020 election. A special election will be held Nov. 3, 2020, to finish Isakson’s term. Loeffler indicated she would campaign to keep the seat.

“On behalf of Georgia Farm Bureau, I congratulate Kelly Loeffler on her appointment to the U.S. Senate and wish her well," said Georgia Farm Bureau President Gerald Long. "Our organization looks forward to working with Sen. Loeffler to ensure the concerns of Georgia’s farmers are taken into account as she considers federal policy. We will be glad to serve as a resource on agricultural topics for her regarding how proposed legislation may affect Georgia farmers.”

Loeffler grew up on her family’s corn and soybean farm in Illinois. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and an MBA from DePaul University.

 “I was shy. I had braces on my legs, braces on my teeth. We lived simply. Life revolved around farming, church, school and 4-H,” Loeffler said. “There was a rhythm to our lives. We planted in the spring. I showed cattle at the county fair in the summers, and in the fall we harvested. Sundays were for church and family. I attended public schools and helped pay my way through school waiting tables. Hard work, faith and family, this is not a political slogan. This is at the foundation of everything I believe.”

Loeffler is the CEO of Bakkt, a management firm for digital assets like Bitcoin, and co-owner of Atlanta’s Women’s National Basketball Association franchise, the Atlanta Dream.

 “From the farm to the New York Stock Exchange, Kelly Loeffler has lived the American Dream,” Kemp said. “I’m confident that she will work every single day to keep that same dream alive for our children, grandchildren, and generations to come.”

Isakson announced his resignation in August due ongoing health issues. Isakson was elected to three terms in the Senate.