It’s finally official: Perdue new U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
Sonny Perdue was finally confirmed and sworn in this week as the 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
Perdue, who was confirmed by an 87-11 Senate vote, will oversee land and water conservation on private lands and operation of the U.S. Forest Service, as well as the nation’s food and farm programs.
Perdue, 70, is a former governor of Georgia and was raised on a farm in the state. Then-incoming President Donald Trump announced he would nominate Perdue on Jan. 18, and his nomination went to the Senate on March 9, with that nomination being approved March 30. He got the final nod after a weeks-long delay to reportedly get his Senate paperwork submitted while reshuffling his business interests to avoid potential conflicts of interest, according to reports.
Before becoming a businessman, Perdue was a veterinarian in his home state.