From Bonaire to the White House
Former Ga. Governor Sonny Perdue has been tapped for Trump's new Secretary of Agriculture. Having served on Trump's agricultural advisory committee during the campaign, Perdue's nomination was seen by many as the most likely pick for the role- especially given his professional and political background.
From the unincorporated rural town of Perry, Ga. Perdue went on to earn his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia. Following school, Perdue enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he rose to the rank of captain. After his discharge, he began working as a veterinarian in Raleigh, North Carolina. Some years later he moved back to Georgia to own and manage several small business holdings focusing primarily on agribusiness.
Perdue's political careers began in the 1980s when he served as a member of the Houston County Planning and Zoning board. He served through the 1990's as a Democrat in the state senate before joining the Republican Party in 1998. In 2002 Perdue defeated the Democratic Incumbent, Roy Barnes, to become the first Republican governor of the state since 1872. Perdue served two terms as governor.