[24], In 2007, Perdue convinced a skeptical legislature to approve a $19 million fishing tourism program he called Go Fish Georgia. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) abstained, as he is the nominee's first cousin. [64], Perdue is an avid sportsman. 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 … It generated $102,077 in revenue, or about 11 cents for every dollar it cost to run the center in years past. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to Address Farmer2Farmer Conference Secretary will meet with growers and address 4,000 attendees in Omaha November 25, … It should be the aim of the American government to remove every obstacle and give farmers, ranchers, and producers every opportunity to prosper. [29], In 2001, Democratic governor Roy Barnes replaced the 1956 state flag, which incorporated the battle flag of the Confederacy, and which had been adopted by Georgia largely as a protest against desegregation. As a two-term governor of Georgia, he was credited with transforming a budget deficit into a surplus, dramatically increasing the student performance in public schools, and fostering an economic environment that allowed employers to flourish and manufacturers and agricultural producers to achieve record levels of exports. 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. [67], 81st Governor of Georgia; 31st United States Secretary of Agriculture. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, payments on the Go Fish bonds, approved by Perdue and the General Assembly in 2007, runs through December 2027 with most payments $1 million a year in bond money. [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. [1][9] He grew up and still lives in Bonaire, an unincorporated area between Perry and Warner Robins. [46], In December 2004, Perdue bought $2 million worth of land near Disney World from a developer whom he had previously appointed to the state's economic development board. [22], In January 2003, Perdue signed an executive order prohibiting himself and all other state employees from receiving any gift worth more than $25. [42], Beginning in 2007, Governor Perdue began to pursue the goal of making Georgia the "bass-fishing tourism mecca". Welcome to our New Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue. 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". [24] Perdue signed the legislation into law on April 12, 2005, three days before tax day. 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 … Second, he will prioritize customer service every day for American taxpayers and consumers. Sonny Perdue came by his knowledge of agriculture the old fashioned way: he was born into a farming family in Bonaire, Georgia. Sonny … Sonny Perdue has served as the United States Secretary of Agriculture since 2017. Sonny Perdue came by his knowledge of agriculture the old fashioned way: he was born into a farming family in Bonaire, Georgia. 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. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue hit the ground running on the very day he was sworn in, greeting employees at the U.S. Department of Agriculture … Secretary of Agriculture. "You have got to have stuff where there is a lot of traffic. Sonny Perdue was sworn in as the 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture by fellow Georgian and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Clarence Thomas in a brief ceremony today at the Supreme Court building. Perdue is the first cousin of U.S. He served as his party's leader in the Senate from 1994 to 1997 and as president pro tempore. The U.S. Senate confirmed Secretary Perdue by a vote of 87-to-11 on Monday evening. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue joined me this morning: Audio: 01-08hhs-perdue. [46] Perdue failed to disclose his ownership of the property in required financial disclosure forms. Governor Perdue, welcome, it’s great to have you with us. [20] He became the first Republican governor of Georgia in over 130 years since Benjamin F. In December 2001, Perdue resigned as state senator and devoted himself entirely to running for the office of Governor of Georgia. [23] The State Ethics Commission ruled against Perdue twice, finding that he had taken improper campaign contributions from donors including SunTrust Banks and that he had improperly used one of his family business's airplanes on campaign, for which the commission fined the sitting governor. From childhood, and through his life in business and elected office, Perdue has experienced the industry from every possible perspective. The USDA's press office rejected CNN's request to interview Ziska, but not Politico's, where he went on to describe the department as internally fearful of Perdue's open skepticism towards climate change, which, according to Ziska, has led officials to "go to extremes to obscure their work to avoid political blowback". 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. His Democratic opponent was Lieutenant Governor Mark Taylor. Secure .gov websites use HTTPS After Perdue took office, in 2003 and 2004, Georgia moved up from last place in the country in SAT scores. The United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry overwhelmingly approved his nomination on March 30, with a 19–1 vote. Perdue’s views on agriculture have always been shaped by his first-hand knowledge of all of its aspects, both as a farmer and as an agribusinessman. "[34], In 2006, Perdue signed a law that gave Georgia "some of the nation's toughest measures against illegal immigrants". He appreciates the daily concerns and needs of American farmers, while also understanding the intricacies of global commodities markets. The sole vote against him came from Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). 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The Senate has elected former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue as the new U.S. secretary of Agriculture, following an 87-11 bipartisan vote in his favor today. He served as the 81st governor of Georgia from 2003 to 2011. Donald Trump Will Name Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as Agriculture Secretary Former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue in the lobby of Trump Tower, … The U.S. Senate confirmed Secretary Perdue by a vote of 87-to-11 on Monday evening. Perdue has pledged to be an unapologetic advocate for American agriculture. And today, those land resources sustain more than 320 million Americans and countless millions more around the globe. An official website of the United States government. [22] Prior to Perdue's becoming governor, no state agency had compiled an inventory of what assets were owned by the state. Charles S. Bullock, III, The Georgia Political Almanac, The General Assembly 1993–94. [10], Perdue played quarterback at Warner Robins High School and was a walk-on at the University of Georgia,[11] where he was also a member of the Beta-Lambda chapter of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. [63] Perdue lives in Bonaire, Georgia. 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. To this day, his thoughts are never very far from the wishes of the citizens – the true owners of the government. 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. After earning a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia, he put that training to use in private practice in North Carolina. (Washington, D.C., April 25, 2017) – Sonny Perdue was sworn in as the 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture by fellow Georgian and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Clarence Thomas in a brief ceremony today at the Supreme Court building. [39], In 2008, Perdue worked with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency to implement Ready Georgia, a campaign to increase disaster preparedness throughout the state. Under Secretary Perdue, the USDA will always be facts-based and data-driven, with a decision-making mindset that is customer-focused. "[44], The project overall has been scrutinized as a waste of taxpayer money due to mismanagement of bond money and extremely low visitors. Perdue then decided that the Go Fish Education Center would be built down the road from his home. [66], In 2006, Perdue's financial disclosure forms revealed that he had a net worth of approximately $6 million and received compensation of $700,000 that year. On April 25th AMS and the rest of our colleagues at USDA were pleased to welcome Secretary Sonny Perdue to the Department. [23], On January 18, 2017, incoming President Donald Trump announced that he would nominate Perdue to be United States secretary of agriculture. Many credit Pierre Howard for helping Perdue build the early foundation of what would become his future political career.[19]. [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. In fact, for the next two weeks after the prayer, the state's epic dry streak grew worse." George Ervin " Sonny " Perdue III (born December 20, 1946) is an American politician. 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. Economists in the USDA's research branch were told to include disclaimers in their peer-reviewed publications stating that the findings were "preliminary" and "should not be construed to represent any agency determination or policy". [26] In 2007, Georgia moved up to 46th place. The administration began acquiring bond money for the Go Fish Education Center near his home in Perry,GA. In 2009, the Reason Foundation’s Innovators in Action magazine recognized Perdue as a leader who “aggressively pursued new strategies to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of government and deliver better value at less cost to taxpayers.” In addition, he was named “Public Official of the Year” in October 2010 by Governing Magazine. As the son of a mother who was an English teacher for 42 years, he benefitted from her teachings as well – not just by instilling in him the beliefs he still holds dear, but also by lending him an appreciation and respect for language and proper grammar. [24] Perdue then used the new law on his 2004 tax return to defer $100,000 in taxable gains from the sale of land. [31] Perdue disappointed some Georgians by not making the 1956 flag one of the choices on the ballot, despite a campaign promise to do so. 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. [62] They have four children (Leigh, Lara, Jim, and Dan),[62] 14 grandchildren (six boys and eight girls), and have also been foster parents for many children. [51], During his tenure as Secretary of Agriculture, Perdue has focused on helping new farmers get started in agriculture. Sonny Perdue, Secretary of Agriculture, speaks at the American Farm Bureau Federations 99th Annual Convention at Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee, on January 8, 2018. He has lived and breathed the exhilaration of a great crop and the despair and devastation of a drought. 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[6] His nomination was approved by the United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry on March 30 by a 19–1 voice vote,[7] and by the entire Senate in a vote of 87–11 on April 24. [35], 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 prayer on the steps of the state Capitol. Conley. According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "As the vigil ended, the sun shone through what had been a cloudy morning. He shortly after became a committee chairman, then climbed the leadership ladder to majority leader, then Senate president pro tempore. From childhood, and through his life in business and elected office, Perdue has experienced the industry from every possible perspective. 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. After serving as a member of the Houston County Planning & Zoning Commission in the 1980s, Perdue ran as a Democrat for a seat in the Georgia General Assembly. President-elect Donald Trump plans to nominate former Georgia Gov. He will seek solutions to problems and not lament that the agency might be faced with difficult challenges. [46] The land was adjacent to the 20,000-acre Oaky Woods preserve being sold by Weyerhaeuser. In 2011, he founded Perdue Partners, which facilitates the export of U.S. goods and services. Sonny Perdue Sworn in as 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue pledged in 2017 to separate himself from his multimillion dollar business holdings that could pose conflicts of interest in his public duties. Ivanka Trump, right, and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, left, speak with a farming family during a visit to the North Carolina State Farmers Market in Raleigh, N.C., on Sept. 10, 2020. The Honorable Sonny Perdue Secretary of Agriculture . A lock ( LockA locked padlock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Announcement: Sonny Perdue Sworn in as 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. [13][14], Perdue is not related to the family who owns and operates Perdue Farms (commonly associated with "Perdue Chicken").[15][16]. He is acknowledged as a national leader in agriculture, having served as a board member for the National Grain & Feed Association, and as President of both the Georgia Feed and Grain Association and the Southeastern Feed and Grain Association. Third, as Americans expect a safe and secure food supply, USDA will continue to serve in the critical role of ensuring the food we put on the table to feed our families meets the strict safety standards we’ve established. Here's Why", "USGS Release: Atlanta Flooding Sets New Records", "Gov. He was confirmed by the Senate on April 24,[48] with Bernie Sanders and nine Democrats voting against him. George Ervin “Sonny” Perdue III was born in December 1946 in Perry, Georgia. Perdue is a strong believer in good government, in that it should operate efficiently and serve the needs of its customers: the people of the United States. [23], In mid-2003, Perdue purchased 101 acres (0.41 km2) of land next to his Houston County, Georgia, home. 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. [2] He previously served as the 81st Governor of Georgia from 2003 to 2011; Perdue was the first Republican to hold the office since the Reconstruction era.[3]. He was the 81st Governor of Georgia from 2003 to 2011. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has made headlines announcing a trade mitigation program and reorganizing the USDA since taking office in April 2017. Perdue’s policies as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture will be guided by four principles which will inform his decisions. His cabinet position was the last to be filled by President Donald Trump, and is the latest starting date for an agriculture secretary in an incoming administration since the USDA became a cabinet department in 1889. On January 18, 2017, President-elect Donald Trump announced that he would nominate Perdue to be Secretary of Agriculture. His committee assignments included Ethics, Finance & Public Utilities, Health & Human Services, Reapportionment and Economic Development, Tourism & Cultural Affairs. 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. He was sworn in by Supreme Court associate justice Clarence Thomas. [3], In 2004, Perdue sued the Environmental Protection Agency to block environmental regulations on reformulated gasoline. He is the first and currently (as of February 2020) the only member of the Trump administration to endorse such a plan. Perdue has long-standing, close relationships with the leadership of the American Farm Bureau and has been recognized by the Georgia 4-H and FFA programs, among others, for his leadership in agriculture. [11], Perdue was constitutionally ineligible to seek a third consecutive term as governor in the 2010 Georgia gubernatorial election. [45], During his governorship, the Georgia State Ethics Commission received thirteen complaints against Perdue. And fourth, Perdue will always remember that America’s agricultural bounty comes directly from the land. [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. But more than anything in his life, it was the family farm which shaped Sonny Perdue. As a youngster growing up on a dairy and diversified row crop farm in rural Georgia, Perdue never fully realized that the blessings of purposeful, meaningful work would serve him as well as they have in life. Perdue remains a licensed airplane and helicopter pilot and avid outdoor sportsman. [41] The floods resulted in Perdue declaring a state of emergency in 17 counties. But who is the white-haired, southern man behind the headlines? He also won reelection in 2000. What is it like to be in his shoes? First, he will maximize the ability of the men and women of America’s agriculture and agribusiness sector to create jobs, to produce and sell the foods and fiber that feed and clothe the world, and to reap the earned reward of their labor. As a member of the Georgia State Senate for eleven years, he eventually ascended to the position of President Pro Tempore as elected by his senate colleagues. [56][57], In February 2020, Perdue endorsed putting a price on carbon dioxide, a climate change policy favored by many economists. He led the state of Georgia, which has more than 42,000 farms and a $74 billion agriculture sector. In January 2003, he became the first … Although it returned to last place in 2005,[25] 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. Official websites use .gov The United States is blessed to be able to produce more than its citizens can consume, which implies that we should sell the bounty around the world. The work ethic cemented in him by his farming roots has remained with Sonny Perdue throughout his life. Uniquely qualified as a former farmer, agribusinessman, veterinarian, state legislator, and governor of Georgia, he became the 31st United States Secretary of Agriculture on April … 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. When he was a young boy feeding the calves and plowing the fields, he was an integral part of the workforce on his father’s farm. 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. 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