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Published: Sun, January 22, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Trump formally announces Sonny Perdue as nominee for secretary of agriculture

Trump formally announces Sonny Perdue as nominee for secretary of agriculture

President-elect Donald Trump has picked former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to be US agriculture secretary, bypassing four Texans who had been seen as candidates for the job, Fox News reported Wednesday.

Perdue's nomination, which must be confirmed by the Senate, was announced just a few days before Trump's inauguration as the 45th president. The selection confirms that that despite pressure to add more diversity to his team, Trump's cabinet will be the first that does not have a Latino members since Ronald Reagan selected Lauro Cavazos to head the Education Department in 1988.

Perdue, who holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine and served in the U.S. Air Force, founded a grain and fertilizer business in Georgia.

Chris King Managing Editor of The St. Louis American
Chris King Managing Editor of The St. Louis American Credit

"Governor Perdue has a strong record as two-term chief executive of Georgia and is acquainted with a wide array of agriculture commodities, from chicken and peanuts to cotton and timber", said Mike Brown, president of the National Chicken Council, in a statement. The 2004 referendum let voters select a new design, but some were angered that Confederate symbols were not an option.

A formal announcement could come as soon as Thursday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Perdue, 70, is well known for leading a prayer service at the state capitol in Georgia in hopes of bringing an end to a 2007 drought. As the weeks passed, several other candidates emerged.

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