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By Ravi R Ponangi

Brain Kemp with Indian community

ATLANTA, GA: Republican Brian Kemp was sworn in before 8thousand people as the 83rd Governor of Georgia at McCamish Pavilion on Monday, January 14 in Atlanta. Several other constitutional officers of Georgia also took oath of office. The inaugural ceremony took place before several GOP leaders, outgoing Governor Nathan Deal, law makers, members of Kemp cabinet, several Kemp admirers and his family. The inaugural ceremony traditionally takes place at the Georgia State Capitol Building, but this year, it was held at Georgia Tech’s McCamish Pavilion.

Georgia Governor Brain kemp addressing the crowd after swaring in as 83rd Governor of Georgia

After taking the oath, Governor kemp spoke about 10 minutes. Governor Kemp briefly touched on Georgia's growing economy--particularly in cyber and film--before invoking the names of Martin Luther King Junior, Clarence Thomas, and Hank Aaron. Brief details of Governor kemp’s address are given below: He said “Our state is known around the world as a leader in logistics, cyber, aerospace and agriculture. Our universities and teams are recognized, just like our accents and Southern hospitality. With unprecedented growth and unmatched opportunity.”
Acknowledging his predecessors, he said “Thanks to the bold leadership of Governors Sonny Perdue and Nathan Deal, Georgia weathered the Great Recession and emerged stronger than ever.”

Ravi R Ponangi in conversation with Georgia Governor Brain Kemp

“Some think we’ve reached our peak. I disagree. As governor, I will build on our accomplishments,” said Governor Kemp.
“As governor, I will work – every day – to keep Georgia moving in the right direction. My vision is for a safer, stronger state. I know. It can be done.”
“As governor, we will make Georgia the number one state for small business. We will invest in early learning and protect the vulnerable. We will crack down on organized crime and those who threaten our future. The challenges ahead are great but it can be done.”
“Through the prism of politics, our state appears divided. Metro versus rural. Black versus white. Republican versus Democrat. Elections can rip us apart.”
“But after visiting all 159 counties, I can tell you: we have so much in common. As governor, I will fight for all Georgians – not just the ones who voted for me.”
“I stand here today as Georgia’s 83rd governor but I did not get here alone. I am forever grateful for my wife, Marty, and our three daughters – Jarrett, Lucy, and Amy Porter – who believed in me when no one else would.
“I’m forever grateful for those who came before me – my parents, teachers, and mentors like Coach Billy Henderson - who poured the concrete and laid the foundation.
“In the years to come, we will build on our accomplishments. With courage, we will face the challenges that exist.
“We will unite for the betterment of our state. Together, we will put hardworking Georgians first.
Governor kemp said “I know there will be adversity. Those who want to tear us down. There will be difficult days and dark nights. But together, we will overcome.
Let us hope Kemp delivers on campaign promises that helped get him nearly two million votes.

Ritesh Desai, member of Georgians first committee with Governor Brain Kemp

Ritesh Desai on Governor’s-Georgians First Committee
Indian-American Republican activist Ritesh Desai is among Georgia Governor Brian Kemp’s Georgians First Committee. He is instrumental in getting Indian community support to Brain kemp. Many Indians supported Brain kemp to become Governor of Georgia.
The committee is divided into categories including appointments, government operations, policy and the state budget, and includes a total of 41 members. Desai will be part of the Appointments committee, of which, Rep. Chuck Harper is the co-chair.
The team also includes known names such as former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, former Congressman Bob Barr and Johns Creek Councilman Jay Lin.
Ritesh Desai is the founder and executive vice president of Vanitywala.com.
He is vice chair of Georgia’s Equal Opportunity Commission. U.S. Representative John Lewis gave Desai a Special Congressional Recognition.
He is cited frequently by media, and has repeatedly been named among the top 25 Most Influential Asian-Americans in Georgia.
A civic leader as well, Desai has served as president and chairman of the Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves as director of public relations for BAPS-Atlanta and southeast representative to the National Government Relations Committee of BAPS North America. He is married to attorney Sheetal Desai. The couple has three children.


' Jan-20-2019