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 PerdueOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Senior Interior official contacted former employer, violating ethics pledge: watchdog | Ag secretary orders environmental rollbacks for Forest Service | Senate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Ag secretary orders environmental rollbacks for Forest Service Justice Department investigating meat price increases: report MORE is the “designated survivor” for President TrumpDonald John Trump Trump responds to calls to tear down monuments with creation of 'National Garden' of statues Trump: Children are taught in school to 'hate their own country' Trump accuses those tearing down statues of wanting to 'overthrow the American Revolution' 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 ShulkinSchumer demands answers in use of unproven coronavirus drug on veterans Former Trump VA secretary says staffer found plans to replace him in department copier VA under pressure to ease medical marijuana rules 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.