Agriculture chief Sonny Perdue is 'designated survivor' for Trump's State of the Union

Agriculture chief Sonny Perdue is 'designated survivor' for Trump's State of the Union
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Agriculture Secretary Sonny PerdueGeorge (Sonny) Ervin PerdueZinke blames 'environmental terrorist groups' for scale of California wildfires Overnight Energy: Trump Cabinet officials head west | Zinke says California fires are not 'a debate about climate change' | Perry tours North Dakota coal mine | EPA chief meets industry leaders in Iowa to discuss ethanol mandate Sen. Sanders blasts Zinke: Wildfires 'have everything to do with climate change' MORE is the “designated survivor” for President TrumpDonald John TrumpDems make history, and other takeaways from Tuesday's primaries Pawlenty loses comeback bid in Minnesota Establishment-backed Vukmir wins Wisconsin GOP Senate primary MORE’s first State of the Union speech.

A White House spokesman confirmed to The Hill that Perdue will not be present for the address Tuesday night, instead spending it in a secure location.

For every State of the Union or presidential address to a joint session of Congress, a Cabinet member is chosen to sit out as a precaution for an incident such as an attack on the Capitol.

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Perdue, a former GOP governor of Georgia, was tapped to lead the Department of Agriculture by Trump last January.

Veterans Affairs Secretary David ShulkinDavid Jonathon ShulkinMar-a-Lago insiders provided input on VA policy, personnel decisions: report Ahead of speech, Kansas City newspaper urges Trump to listen to veterans The Hill's Morning Report — Trump picks new fight with law enforcement, intelligence community MORE was the designated survivor for Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress in 2017.

The secretary of Agriculture is ninth in the line of succession for the presidency.