Why He’s Earned Our Notice:
The first Republican Governor of Georgia since the end of the Civil War, Sonny Perdue is Trump’s current nominee for the 81st Secretary of Agriculture. A lifelong politician by trade, this native-born Georgian has served both in the state senate and as a captain the US Airforce.
Currently, Perdue works as a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center and operates his own exportation company. If his bid for the cabinet is successful, Sonny will become responsible for both agricultural subsidies and food safety.
Personal Life and Education:
George Ervin “Sonny” Perdue III came into the world on December 20th of 1946. He’s also kind of a homebody. More than seventy years after his birth, he still lives in his hometown of Bonaire, George. As his first cousin, US Senator David Perdue can tell you, his cousin really dislikes his given name. Even as governor, he signed all official documents as “Sonny”.
Being the quarterback at Warner Robins High School, one could say that Sonny was something of a local celebrity. Even if he wasn’t, his skills on the gridiron earned him the notice of recruiters at the University of Georgia (UGA). While there, Perdue joined as a member of Kappa Sigma. Graduating about four years later, he’d go on to enroll in the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Before discovering his entrepreneurial spirit, and starting three small business, Perdue worked as a veterinarian.
Now, Perdue is a father of four and grandfather to fourteen. Even at the ripe old age of seventy, he can be found flying his helicopter and participating in a wide array of sports. Experts estimate his current net worth at around six million dollars.