Born George Ervin Perdue III, Perdue has been known as Sonny since childhood, and prefers to be called by that name; he was sworn in and signs official documents as "Sonny Perdue". [64], Perdue is an avid sportsman. [24] Perdue signed the legislation into law on April 12, 2005, three days before tax day. As a state senator, he was recognized as a leading authority on issues including energy and utilities, agriculture, transportation, emerging technologies and economic development, and for his ability to grasp the nuances of complex problems. According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "As the vigil ended, the sun shone through what had been a cloudy morning. He learned by experience what his father told him as a child, “If you take care of the land, the land will take care of you.”. Sonny Perdue is an American politician who served as the Secretary of agriculture since 2017 and was selected by President Donald Trump.Perdue is the 81st Governor of Georgia who served from 2003 to 2011. He was the 81st Governor of Georgia from 2003 to 2011. Sonny Perdue, 70, became the 31st United States Secretary of Agriculture upon confirmation in April. [40] The next year, Georgia was affected by the 2009 Southeastern United States floods, which were the most severe floods in Georgia's recorded history. The United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry overwhelmingly approved his nomination on March 30, with a 19–1 vote. He earned an undergraduate degree at the University of Georgia and received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. 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[65], In 2006, while still governor, Perdue made a cameo appearance as the coach of the East Carolina Pirates football team in the movie We Are Marshall, large portions of which were filmed in Georgia. after feeling punished under Trump", 'It feels like something out of a bad sci-fi movie', The Trump administration is suppressing climate science, "US agriculture secretary breaks ranks to endorse carbon pricing", "USDA chief violated Hatch Act by advocating for Trump re-election, gov't watchdog says", "USDA's Perdue fined for violating Hatch Act while promoting food boxes", "Perdue rebuked for violating ethics law by boosting Trump's reelection", "Agriculture secretary pick Perdue led big political change in Georgia", "Official: Perdue flew copter without license", "±Governor Perdue Makes Acting Debut in "We Are Marshall, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Administrator of the Small Business Administration, Presidential line of succession in the United States of America,, Presidents pro tempore of the Georgia State Senate, Republican Party state governors of the United States, Military personnel from Georgia (U.S. state), Short description is different from Wikidata, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 28 December 2020, at 18:26. A lock ( LockA locked padlock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Perdue served in the U.S. Air Force, rising to the rank of captain before his discharge. [22], In January 2003, Perdue signed an executive order prohibiting himself and all other state employees from receiving any gift worth more than $25. [21], Perdue advocated reforms designed to cut waste in government, most notably the sale of surplus vehicles and real estate. I would like to welcome all participants to today’s telephonic press briefing with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, who will share U.S. perspectives on the global challenges of agricultural sustainability, food security, and trade, in addition to … The United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry overwhelmingly approved his nomination on March 30, with a 19–1 vote. The sole vote against him came from Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). According to the Georgia government's website on Confederate History Month, they also participated in the manufacture of products for the war effort, built naval ships, and provided military assistance and relief efforts ..."[37] The proclamation was criticized by historians for its historical inaccuracies,[38] although there were, in fact, African-Americans who served the Confederacy. Washington, DC 20250 Dear Secretary Perdue: Thank you for the important work that you are doing to promote and restore economic opportunities in our rural communities. The sole vote against him came from Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). [43], Upon the end of Perdue's term as Governor, many in the Georgia General Assembly condemned the project and Perdue after an advisory council (appointed by Perdue) began to funnel additional bond money to the project located in his home county. It's a little off the beaten path. Governor Pierre Howard asking for more responsibilities, and Howard obliged. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue joined me this morning: Audio: 01-08hhs-perdue. [18] After his first year in office, Senator Perdue wrote then Lt. [55] In August 2019, Lewis Ziska, a USDA plant physiology climate scientist, quit after department administrators attempted to impede the publication of one of his studies to the journal Science Advances. Governor Perdue, welcome, it’s great to have you with us. He will seek solutions to problems and not lament that the agency might be faced with difficult challenges. Many credit Pierre Howard for helping Perdue build the early foundation of what would become his future political career.[19]. [27] In 2008, Georgia moved up again, to 45th place. [53] In December 2018, he changed the nutrition standards for school lunches to allow more refined grains, allow milk with added sugar, and increased sodium. "[34], In 2006, Perdue signed a law that gave Georgia "some of the nation's toughest measures against illegal immigrants". Charles S. Bullock, III, The Georgia Political Almanac, The General Assembly 1993–94. "To me it was a boondoggle because of the amount of money they were spending and the location," said Rep. Alan Powell, R-Hartwell, a member of the House Appropriations Committee. His nomination was transmitted to the U.S. Senate on March 9, 2017. He appreciates the daily concerns and needs of American farmers, while also understanding the intricacies of global commodities markets. [24], In 2007, Perdue convinced a skeptical legislature to approve a $19 million fishing tourism program he called Go Fish Georgia. Sonny Perdue on Confirmation to Lead Dept. In January 2003, he became the first … The U.S. Senate confirmed Secretary Perdue by a vote of 87-to-11 on Monday evening. [32] Georgia voters chose the flag resembling the Confederate flag. 16/10/2020 As a global community, we share a common responsibility to feed the growing world population. Perdue wrote that "liberals have lost all credibility when it comes to climate science because their arguments have become so ridiculous and so obviously disconnected from reality. Welcome to our New Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue. Second, he will prioritize customer service every day for American taxpayers and consumers. [24] Perdue then used the new law on his 2004 tax return to defer $100,000 in taxable gains from the sale of land. The U.S. Senate confirmed Secretary Perdue by a vote of 87-to-11 on Monday evening. As the product of Georgia, a state where agriculture is the leading economic driver, Perdue recognizes that agriculture is an issue and industry which cuts across political party boundaries. [22] Prior to Perdue's becoming governor, no state agency had compiled an inventory of what assets were owned by the state. He stated that “legitimate, measurable carbon trading” could spur so-called carbon sequestration by giving farmers an incentive to innovate. After Perdue took office, in 2003 and 2004, Georgia moved up from last place in the country in SAT scores. [63] Perdue lives in Bonaire, Georgia. Perdue has been married to Mary Ruff Perdue for 45 years and has four adult children and fourteen grandchildren. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Friday called the coronavirus a "pandemic," using a term that has not been used by the White House or government health agencies as … Announcement: Sonny Perdue Sworn in as 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. [41] The floods resulted in Perdue declaring a state of emergency in 17 counties. An official website of the United States government. U.S. Department of Agriculture 1400 Independence Ave., S.W. George Ervin " Sonny " Perdue III (born December 20, 1946) is an American politician. He followed these accomplishments with a successful career in agribusiness, where he focused on commodities and transportation in enterprises that have spanned the southeastern United States. [12], 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. He recognizes that the size, scope, and diversity of America’s agricultural sector requires reaching across the aisle so that partisanship doesn’t get in the way of good solutions for American farmers, ranchers, and consumers. [51], During his tenure as Secretary of Agriculture, Perdue has focused on helping new farmers get started in agriculture. What is it like to be in his shoes? Sonny Perdue came by his knowledge of agriculture the old fashioned way: he was born into a farming family in Bonaire, Georgia. George Ervin "Sonny" Perdue III[1] (born December 20, 1946) is an American veterinarian, businessman and politician serving as the 31st and current United States Secretary of Agriculture since 2017. He is the 31st and current United States Secretary of Agriculture since April 25, 2017. Sonny Perdue, Secretary of Agriculture and former Governor of Georgia, spoke with Jason Chaffetz on The Brian Kilmeade Show about the upcoming Georgia senate runoff election. Sonny Perdue issues state of emergency for 17 Georgia counties", "Perdue fails to disclose '04 purchase of land", "Trump to announce Sonny Perdue for Agriculture", "Sonny Perdue Sworn in as 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture", "Trump hires campaign workers instead of farmworkers at USDA", "Sonny Perdue is Trump's 'designated survivor' for State of the Union 2018", "Perdue tells second Iowa Ag Summit he wants to support new farmers",, "Economists flee Agriculture Dept. [13] He defeated Republican candidate Ned Sanders in 1990 and succeeded Democratic incumbent Ed Barker as the senator representing the 18th district. [46] Perdue failed to disclose his ownership of the property in required financial disclosure forms. [3], In 2006, Perdue was re-elected to a second term in the 2006 Georgia gubernatorial election, winning nearly 58% of the vote. [17], Perdue was elected as a Democrat in 1991, 1994, and 1996. Transcript: HH: So pleased to welcome to the program a member of the cabinet of the United States, the Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue. He and his wife have served as foster parents for eight children awaiting adoption. [56][57], In February 2020, Perdue endorsed putting a price on carbon dioxide, a climate change policy favored by many economists. The work of promoting American agricultural products to other countries will begin with those relationships and will benefit us domestically, just as it will fulfill the moral imperative of helping to feed the world. [11], Perdue was constitutionally ineligible to seek a third consecutive term as governor in the 2010 Georgia gubernatorial election. [23], On January 18, 2017, incoming President Donald Trump announced that he would nominate Perdue to be United States secretary of agriculture. And fourth, Perdue will always remember that America’s agricultural bounty comes directly from the land. [33] In a 2014 editorial published by National Review, Perdue criticized attempts by "some on the left or in the mainstream media" to connect climate change to weather events. [49], In September 2017, Politico reported that, according to 42 reviewed resumes, the department hired 22 former Trump campaign workers, many of which had no significant agricultural knowledge or experience with federal policies. They will expect, and have every right to demand, that their government conduct the people’s business efficiently, effectively, and with the utmost integrity. Sonny Perdue came by his knowledge of agriculture the old fashioned way: he was born into a farming family in Bonaire, Georgia. But more than anything in his life, it was the family farm which shaped Sonny Perdue. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, right, speaks as President Donald Trump looks on during the daily briefing of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, at the White House in … George Ervin “Sonny” Perdue III was born in December 1946 in Perry, Georgia. Founder and partner in an agricultural trading company,[4] Perdue served from 2012 to 2017 on the Governors' Council of the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C.[3][5] He is the second secretary of agriculture from the Deep South; the first was Mike Espy of Mississippi, who served under President Bill Clinton from January 1993 to December 1994. Senator David Perdue by their grandfather George Erwin Perdue I. Official websites use .gov Under Secretary Perdue, the USDA will always be facts-based and data-driven, with a decision-making mindset that is customer-focused. (Washington, D.C., December 21, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today detailed which functions of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will remain available in the event of a lapse in government funding. Perdue’s father’s words still ring true: We’re all stewards of the land, owned or rented, and our responsibility is to leave it better than we found it.