The long national wait for an Ag Secretary appears to be over. President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly picked former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to fill the duty under the incoming administration. While the USDA landing team has yet to confirm the nominee, multiple media outlets attributed a senior transition official as saying Trump will nominate Perdue to the post. As Governor of Georgia, the now 70-year-old Republican’s key agricultural issues included water management and making changes to the tax code that were beneficial to farmers. Perdue is a veterinarian-turned-politician who was Georgia’s first Republican governor in more than a century when he was first elected. If transition team officials confirm the nomination Thursday, Perdue will be poised to take the last remaining seat in Trump’s cabinet, and the long search for the next Agriculture Secretary would end just a day before Trump takes office.
The search has included a handful of false reports of when and who Trump would pick, even up until the end of last week. Still, this appears to be more serious, with Perdue’s cousin, David Perdue, is a Republican U.S. Senator from Georgia tweeting Wednesday night he “could not be more proud of his cousin” as being named USDA Secretary.
The American Farm Bureau and the National Pork Producers Council have already come out endorsing Perdue.
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