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Trump Taps Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to Be Agriculture Secretary

HeadlineJan 19, 2017

Trump has announced he’s nominated former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to be secretary of agriculture. Perdue ran a grain and fertilizer business before becoming Georgia’s first Republican governor since Reconstruction. Environmental activists have slammed Perdue for receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in subsidies for chemical corporations and factory farming. The Environmental Working Group said, “It’s certainly hard to imagine that a former fertilizer salesman will tackle the unregulated farm pollution that poisons our drinking water, turns Lake Erie green, and fouls the Chesapeake Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.” With Perdue’s nomination, Trump has now named all his Cabinet choices. They are overwhelmingly white male millionaires or billionaires. If all his picks are confirmed, Trump’s Cabinet will be the first without a Latino member since 1988.

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