ATLANTA, GA— On April 27, 2023, Governor Brian Kemp provided the opportunity to recognize the First Lady, Marty Kemp as a recipient of the inaugural class of the James A “Bud” Cody Community Impact Award recipients. The award recognizes individuals who have impacted communities via motivation, determination, and innovation. The award honors James A. “Bud” Cody, Executive Director of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association; Director of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes; and Secretary of the Sheriffs’ Retirement Fund for 46 years.
The First Lady is a devoted wife and mother, small business owner, and graduate of the University of Georgia. She began her career with her family’s travel agency and later joined Governor Kemp at Kemp Development and Construction, which heads multiple projects statewide. The couple are proud parents to three daughters: Jarrett, Lucy, and Amy Porter.
Throughout Governor Kemp’s first term, the First Lady had legislative experience as the daughter of a state representative lead the charge to end human trafficking in Georgia through unanimous passage of seven pieces of legislation and formation of the Georgians for Refuge, Action, Compassion, and Education (GRACE) Commission. In January 2020, Mrs. Kemp collaborated with filmmaker Tyler Perry to create a public service announcement about human trafficking awareness. In 2020, she expedited the plans for the establishment of the Receiving Hope Center, a youth sex trafficking victims recovery center, in northwest Georgia.
Her other top priorities as First Lady have included pet adoption, supporting Georgia agriculture and the Georgia Grown program at the Governor’s Mansion, promoting literacy and mental health, and supporting foster care and adoption reform initiatives. In April 2022, she collaborated with former football player Malcolm Mitchell published a children’s book, Hey Georgia.