Former Georgia governor leading candidate for Agriculture secretary: report

Former Georgia governor leading candidate for Agriculture secretary: report
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Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue is the leading candidate to be President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure MORE’s secretary of Agriculture, according to a Politico report Monday.

Reuters also reported that Trump is leaning towards Perdue, citing a senior transition team official and noting that Perdue was on Trump's agricultural advisory committee during the campaign.

The secretary of Agriculture is just one of four Cabinet positions that Trump has left to fill, along with Veterans Affairs secretary, National Intelligence director and U.S. Trade representative.


Perdue, who was Georgia’s governor from 2003 to 2011, has "won stateside office twice, theoretically making his confirmation easier," according to the Politico report.  Perdue met with Trump in New York back in November.

Nothing is official until it's announced and Trump could always change his mind, the Politico report noted. Perdue declined to comment on the report when reached by phone by Politico on Monday.

Other names that have reportedly been in the mix include Sen. Jerry MoranGerald (Jerry) MoranOn The Money: Judge upholds House subpoena for Trump financial records | Trump vows to appeal ruling by 'Obama-appointed judge' | Canada, Mexico lift retaliatory tariffs on US | IRS audit rate falls GOP senator calls for resolution of trade dispute: 'Farmers and ranchers are hurting' Frustrated GOP senators want answers from Trump on Iran MORE (R-Kan.); former Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman; Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback; California Lieut. Gov. Abel Maldonado; and Chuck Connor, the CEO of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives who served as interim Agriculture secretary briefly under President George W. Bush.