UNITED STATES — President-Elect Trump has nominated former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue as his agriculture secretary, according to multiple media reports on Wednesday night. This is the final selection in Trump’s cabinet, which takes power Friday at Noon ET.
Perdue is a former two-term governor of Georgia and grew up on a farm in Georgia. He has also owned several agriculture businesses, which gives him a background in his department’s work, something that can’t be said for other nominees.
He does have views on trade and immigration that are softer than the President-Elect’s, but he is also no stranger to controversy, as while governor he visited Cuba and publically called for relaxed restrictions on trade with the island nation, which came a few years later.
The selection ends the long process of choosing an Agriculture Secretary. Trump’s advisors have publically voiced opposition to rumored choices, such as Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), who was the odds-on favorite at the beginning of the process but was rejected because she was a Democrat, and didn’t support Trump’s campaign.