After weeks of waiting, President Trump’s pick for agriculture secretary, former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, got his hearing on Thursday. With Rep. David Scott (D- GA 13) and former Senator Saxby Chambliss (and former Agriculture Committee Chairman) at his side, Perdue got a warm welcome from Agriculture Committee Chairman Senator Pat Roberts (R- Kansas). Rep. Sanford Bishop (D- GA 2) was also present for the hearing offering his support.
Chambliss’ testimony focused on his long-time relationship with Perdue, including their campaigning together in 2002 as Chambliss ran for his first Senate election the same year Perdue ran for governor. “Sonny has been a leader in everything he’s been involved in doing. As a farmer, he was a leader in the field of agribusiness in our state. As a member of the state senate, he was elected by his peers to be the President Pro Tem of the senate. And as governor, he was chairman of the Republican Governors Association.”
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