Sonny Perdue facts for kids
|31st United States Secretary of Agriculture|
April 25, 2017
|Preceded by||Tom Vilsack|
|81st Governor of Georgia|
January 13, 2003 – January 10, 2011
|Preceded by||Roy Barnes|
|Succeeded by||Nathan Deal|
|Member of the Georgia Senate
from the 18th district
January 9, 1991 – January 9, 2002
|Preceded by||Ed Barker|
|Succeeded by||Ross Tolleson|
George Ervin Perdue III
December 20, 1946
Perry, Georgia, U.S.
|Political party||Democratic (Before 1998)
|Education||University of Georgia (BS, DVM)|
|Branch/service||United States Air Force|
|Years of service||1971–1974|
George Ervin "Sonny" Perdue III (born December 20, 1946) is an American politician. He is the 31st and current United States Secretary of Agriculture since April 25, 2017. He served as the 81st Governor of Georgia from 2003 to 2011. Upon his inauguration in January 2003, he became the first Republican Governor of Georgia since Reconstruction.
Perdue serves on the Governors’ Council of the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C..
On January 18, 2017, incoming U.S. President Donald Trump announced that he would nominate Perdue to be United States Secretary of Agriculture. His nomination was transmitted to the Senate on March 9, 2017. He was approved by the United States senate with a vote of 87-11 on April 24, 2017.
Perdue was born in Perry, Georgia. He is the son of Ophie Viola (Holt), a teacher, and George Ervin Perdue Jr., a farmer.
Perdue played quarterback at Warner Robins High School. He studied at the University of Georgia.
In 1971, Perdue earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine and worked as a veterinarian before becoming a small business owner, eventually starting three small businesses.
Georgia State Senator (1991–2002)
After serving as a member of the Houston County Planning & Zoning Commission in the 1980s, Perdue ran for a seat in the Georgia General Assembly. He defeated Republican candidate Ned Sanders in 1990 and succeeded Democratic incumbent Ed Barker as the Senator representing the 18th district.
Perdue was elected in 1991, 1994, and 1996, serving as his party's leader in the Senate, from 1994 to 1997, and as president pro tempore.
Governor of Georgia (2003–2011)
In December 2001, Perdue resigned as State Senator so he could run for the office of Governor. He won the 2002 Georgia gubernatorial election, defeating Democratic incumbent Roy Barnes, 51% to 46%, with Libertarian candidate Garrett Michael Hayes taking 2% of the vote. He became the first Republican governor of Georgia in over 130 years since Benjamin F. Conley.
As governor, Perdue led reforms designed to cut waste in government, most notably the sale of surplus vehicles and real estate. He helped Georgia moved up from last place in the country in SAT scores. Although it returned to last place in 2005, Georgia rose to 49th place in 2006 in the combined math and reading mean score, including the writing portion added to the test that year. Perdue also created additional opportunities for charter schools and private schools. In 2006, Perdue signed a law that gave Georgia "some of the nation's toughest measures against illegal immigration".
In 2006, Perdue was re-elected to a second term in the 2006 Georgia gubernatorial election, winning nearly 58% of the vote. His Democratic opponent was Lieutenant Governor Mark Taylor. Libertarian Garrett Michael Hayes was also on the ballot.
2007 prayer for rain
On November 13, 2007, while Georgia suffered from one of the worst droughts in several decades, Perdue led a group of several hundred people in a prayer on the steps of the state Capitol. Perdue addressed the crowd, saying "We’ve come together here simply for one reason and one reason only: To very reverently and respectfully pray up a storm" and "God, we need you; we need rain".
United States Secretary of Agriculture (2017–present)
On January 2, 2017, it was reported that Perdue had emerged as President-elect Donald Trump's leading contender for the nomination to be Secretary of Agriculture in his incoming administration. On January 18, 2017, senior Trump transition officials announced that Perdue would be his nominee as Secretary of Agriculture.
The Senate committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry approved his nomination on March 30, with a 19-1 vote. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) abstained, as he is the nominee's first cousin. His nomination will receive the full senate vote on April 24.
Perdue was chosen Designated survivor for the 2018 State of the Union Address.
Perdue and his wife, Mary (nee Ruff), were married in 1972 after dating for four years. They have four children (Leigh, Lara, Jim, and Dan), fourteen grandchildren (six boys and eight girls), and have also been foster parents for many children. Perdue lives in Bonaire, Georgia.
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Perdue and other U.S. state governors with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
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