President-elect Donald Trump has chosen former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to lead the Department of Agriculture.
Perdue, 70, served on Trump’s agricultural advisory committee during his presidential campaign. His nomination, which must be confirmed by the Republican-led Senate, will complete Trump’s proposed cabinet just two days before he is sworn in as president on Friday.
Perdue is a agribusiness owner and veterinarian. He made Georgia history in 2002 when he became the first Republican elected governor since the aftermath of the Civil War. His election marked the completion of Georgia’s shift to a solidly Republican state after generations of Democratic control.
Perdue’s eight years as governor passed with no signature legislative accomplishment. Instead, he focused on saving money and improving service at state agencies — often referring to himself as Georgia’s CEO.