George Ervin \”Sonny\” Perdue III is an American veterinarian, businessman and politician serving as the 31st and current United States Secretary of Agriculture since 2017. 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. He is the second secretary of agriculture from the Deep South; the first was Mike Espy of Mississippi from January 1993 to December 1994.
About Sonny Perdue in brief
George Ervin \”Sonny\” Perdue III is an American veterinarian, businessman and politician serving as the 31st and current United States Secretary of Agriculture since 2017. 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. 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. Perdue is the first cousin of former U.S. Senator David Perdue by their grandfather George Erwin Perdue I. He was born in Perry, Georgia, the son of Ophie Viola, a teacher, and George Ervin Perdue Jr., a farmer. He grew up and still lives in Bonaire, an unincorporated area between Perry and Warner Robins. In 1971, Perdue earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine 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. He served as his party’s leader in the Senate from 1994 to 1997 and as president pro tempore. In 1998, he switched party affiliation from Democrat to Republican in 1998 and was re-elected to the State Senate as a Republican. In December 2001, he resigned as state senator and devoted himself entirely to running for the office of Governor. In 2006, 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.
In January 2003, he signed an executive order prohibiting himself and other state employees from receiving any gift worth more than USD 25,000. He also introduced legislation making capital gains tax break on land sales deferrable if the income goes to purchase out-of-state land. In 2005, he introduced legislation, making the retroactive tax break of three days on April 12, 2005, three days before the penultimate day of the legislative session, making capital gain tax break tax breaks on three days after April 12. He became the first GOP governor of Georgia in over 130 years since Benjamin F. Conley in 2006. In 2007, he was reelected to a second term in the 2006 Georgia governor election, winning nearly 58% ofThe 2006 Georgia gubernatorial elections, he also won reelection in 2000. His committee assignments included Ethics, Finance & Public Utilities, Health & Human Services, Reapportionment and Economic Development, Tourism & Cultural Affairs. In 2009, he became the chairman of the Governors’ Council of the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D. C. His nomination was transmitted to the U. S. Senate on March 9, 2017, and he was approved by the United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry on March 30 by a 19–1 voice vote, and by the entire Senate in a vote of 87–11 on April 24. He has been known as Sonny since childhood, and prefers to be called by that name; he was sworn in and signs official documents as ‘Sonny’