The Republican Governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp, on Wednesday named conservative businesswoman Kelly Loeffler as the state’s next U.S. senator, picking her over President Donald Trump’s preferred choice, Republican Representative Doug Collins.
Loeffler, a self-described “political outsider” will replace Senator Johnny Isakson, who will retire at the end of the month.
I know I will have to earn the support of hardworking Georgians with my votes, priorities, and actions. I can promise you this: no one will fight harder for our state, our president, and our conservative values. I will not tire. I will never back down. #gapol pic.twitter.com/vAE6HaKuuN— Kelly Loeffler (@kloeffler) December 4, 2019
“In the U.S. Senate, I will work with President Trump to defend life, protect our borders, grow jobs, strengthen our military, and advance policies that Keep America Great, Loeffler said in a Facebook post.
Loeffler has portrayed herself as a lifelong conservative and a devout Christian who is firmly pro-Second Amendment, pro-military and pro-wall.
Trump threw his weight behind Kemp’s campaign for governor in Georgia last year, which resulted in a narrow victory over Democratic rising star Stacey Abrams.
Trump sought to have Kemp appoint Collins to the soon-to-be vacant senate seat, wanting one of his staunchest defenders in that chamber ahead of a possible impeachment trial next year.