- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 19, 2017

President-elect Donald Trump announced Thursday that he would nominate Sonny Perdue as secretary of agriculture, citing the former Georgia governor’s experience running a state with a multibillion-dollar agriculture industry.

The nomination filled the last remaining opening in Mr. Trump’s Cabinet a day before the inauguration Friday. The nomination will go to the Senate for confirmation.

“Sonny Perdue is going to accomplish great things as Secretary of Agriculture,” he said in a statement. “From growing up on a farm to being governor of a big agriculture state, he has spent his whole life understanding and solving the challenges our farmers face, and he is going to deliver big results for all Americans who earn their living off the land.”

Mr. Perdue said that he was proud to be giving the chance to the serve the country as part of the Trump administration.

“Beginning as a simple Georgia farm boy, making sure Americans who make their livelihood in the agriculture industry are thriving is near and dear to my heart, and I’m going to champion the concerns of American agriculture and work tirelessly to solve the issues facing our farm families in this new role,” Mr. Perdue said.

• S.A. Miller can be reached at smiller@washingtontimes.com.

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