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Questions Linger Over Ag Secretary Nominee

Trump’s nominee for agriculture secretary, former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, has pledged to sever business ties amid ongoing delays in his confirmation.

Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue

Photo: US Embassy/Pablo Castro (flickr)

Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue has turned in key disclosures to the Senate ethics committee.

President’s Trump’s nominee for secretary of agriculture is a step closer to confirmation after he handed in paperwork to the Senate ethics committee and said he would place assets into a blind trust.

That is a step former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue refused to take when he took the state office in 2003.

After long and mysterious delays, that move could finally clear the way for a confirmation hearing, though no schedule has been set.

His disclosures include plans to resign from his posts at agriculture industry groups National Grain and Feed Association, the Bipartisan Policy Center Governor’s Council and the Georgia Agribusiness Council.

During his tenure as governor, Perdue faced numerous complaints to the state ethics commission, which found that he’s broken ethics laws on two occasions.

The watchdog organization Environmental Working Group released a report last week outlining Perdue’s history of appointing business partners and family members to posts that controlled state funding.

Politico points out that Perdue’s partner in shipping business, Heidi Green, who served in Georgia state government now has a post as a top adviser with the USDA, and will likely serve as is chief of staff.

Trump named Perdue as his pick for agriculture secretary one day before the inauguration in January.

Read More:

  • U.S. Agriculture Secretary Nominee Submits Ethics Disclosures (Reuters)
  • Sonny Perdue’s Revolving Door Policy Already in Action (EWG)
  • The Weird Mystery Of The Trump Administration’s Agriculture Secretary Vacancy (Vox)
  • How Perdue’s Power Benefits His Friends (Politico)
Chad Bouchard

Chad Bouchard is a veteran reporter and WFIU alum who has covered wild and wooly beats from Indonesia to Capitol Hill. His radio work has aired on NPR, PRI and Voice of America, and his writing has appeared in The Sunday Telegraph and Scientific American’s health magazine, Lives. He has also spent a lifetime gardening, foraging and eating weird stuff.

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