Trump chooses Sonny Perdue from Georgia as Secretary of Agriculture
NEW YORK, New York (WDEF) – President-elect Donald Trump will nominate former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture.
The transition team says in addition to his political experience, Perdue was raised on a farm and worked as a veterinarian.
“Sonny Perdue is going to accomplish great things as Secretary of Agriculture,” said President-elect Donald J. Trump. “From growing up on a farm to being governor of a big agriculture state, he has spent his whole life understanding and solving the challenges our farmers face, and he is going to deliver big results for all Americans who earn their living off the land.”
“I am proud and honored to be joining President-elect Trump’s administration as his Secretary of Agriculture,” said Sonny Perdue. “Beginning as a simple Georgia farm boy, making sure Americans who make their livelihood in the agriculture industry are thriving is near and dear to my heart, and I’m going to champion the concerns of American agriculture and work tirelessly to solve the issues facing our farm families in this new role.”
Sonny Perdue is the first cousin of current Georgia Senator David Perdue, who was a key Trump supporter in the state.
Georgia’s other Senator, Johnny Isakson, endorsed the nomination of his fellow Republican and friend.
“As governor, his policies helped Georgia farmers and producers succeed and paved the way for Georgia to become a major exporter of agricultural products. Agriculture is Georgia’s number one industry, and Sonny’s selection as agriculture secretary by President-elect Trump is excellent news for Georgia farmers who will benefit greatly from his expertise. I congratulate Sonny on his nomination and look forward to seeing him confirmed in the coming weeks.”