President-elect Donald Trump will name Sonny Perdue, the former Republican governor of Georgia who famously prayed for rain during a 2007 drought, to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture, according to The Associated Press and Reuters.
Perdue’s nomination comes less than 48 hours before Trump’s inauguration ceremony and completes the president-elect’s proposed cabinet, which does not include a Hispanic member.
Perdue, who served as Georgia’s governor from 2003 to 2011, met with Trump at Trump Tower in late November. Perdue later told reporters that Trump “lit up” when he told him about his skills in agricultural commodities and trading, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported at the time.
Perdue, 70, is well known for leading a prayer service at the state capitol in Georgia in hopes of bringing an end to a 2007 drought.
“I’m here today to appeal to you and to all Georgians and all people who believe in the power of prayer to ask God to shower our state, our region, our nation with the blessings of water,” he said at the time, according to National Public Radio.
Perdue is the founder of Atlanta-based Perdue Partners, a privately owned company that trades food and industrial products worldwide, according to Reuters.
If confirmed by the Senate, Perdue will replace outgoing Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
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