Former GA Governor, Sonny Purdue, named Agriculture Secretary
January 19, 2017
After weeks of of speculation, President-elect Trump fills his final cabinet position, selecting former Georgia governor, Sonny Perdue, as agriculture secretary. Perdue, a former Democrat who switched to the Republican Party before governing Georgia for two terms from 2003 to 2011, has a strong agricultural background, as an agribusiness owner and veterinarian by training. As governor of Georgia, he also took conservative stances on immigration and voting rights and drew national headlines for holding a public vigil to pray for rain in 2007 amidst a crippling drought. Perdue replaces Tom Vilsack who served at secretary of agriculture for the full eight years of Obama's presidency. The rest of the USDA leadership, including who will replace outgoing Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics, Cathie Woteki, is still unknown.