FILE - Georgia U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler

Businesswoman Kelly Loeffler smiles while being introduced by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp as his pick to fill Georgia's vacant U.S. Senate seat at the Georgia State Capitol.

Loeffler will be sworn into the U.S. Senate on Monday

Kelly Loeffler will officially take the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by Johnny Isakson next week.

Loeffler will be sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence on Monday.

Loeffler was appointed last month by Gov. Brian Kemp, who accepted hundreds of applications for the position. The decision was criticized by some Republicans who lobbied for Rep. Doug Collins, who also had the backing of President Donald Trump.

Isakson announced last year he was stepping down due to ongoing health problems. He held the Senate seat since 2005 and served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1999 to 2005.

Two candidates announce for Graves congressional seat

Two Republicans are vying for Georgia’s 14th District Congressional seat. Rep. Tom Graves announced in December he will not run for reelection.

Marjorie Taylor Green announced she will leave the 6th District Congressional race and seek Graves' open seat. Former U.S. Rep. Karen Handel is challenging Democrat Lucy McBath to regain the seat she lost in 2018.

Clayton Fuller, an assistant district attorney for the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit in Northwest Georgia, says he will also seek the Republican nomination for the post.

Several rumored candidates have said they will not run for the seat including state Sen. Jeff Mullis and Jason Anavitarte, a member of the Paulding County School Board.

Prine to fill seat on the Superior Court of the Southern Judicial Circuit

James Prine will become a Superior Court judge for the Southern Judicial Circuit following the resignation of Judge Harry Jay Altman II.

Gov. Brian Kemp, who made the announcement, cited Prine’s experience in the circuit.

“As a judge, he will prioritize the business of the court and uphold justice, fairness, and proper decorum,” Kemp said in a statement.

Prine is currently a senior assistant district attorney for the Southern Judicial Circuit, a post he has held since 2002. He is a graduate of Georgia Southern University and the Georgia State University College of Law.