Atlanta businesswoman Kelly Loeffler will become Georgia's next U.S. Senator when Johnny Isakson retires at the end of 2019.
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Atlanta businesswoman Kelly Loeffler will become Georgia's next U.S. Senator when Johnny Isakson retires at the end of 2019.

The wait is finally over: Gov. Brian Kemp has formally announced his pick to replace retiring Sen. Johnny Isakson.

Kelly Loeffler is a political newcomer and longtime Republican donor who has decades of experience in the financial services sector. She will be the second Georgia woman to serve in the Senate, and, if she wins a special election next November, she would be the first woman elected to the Senate.

Her appointment comes as President Trump and others urged Kemp to appoint someone else, and as Democrats look to flip the state in 2020.

GPB political reporter Stephen Fowler sat down with All Things Considered host Rickey Bevington to talk about the Kelly Loeffler's appointment to the U.S. Senate and its impact on next year's election cycle.