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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 PerdueThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Citi — Latest on Hurricane Michael | Trump, Kanye West to have lunch at White House | GOP divided over potential 2020 high court vacancy Administration announces plan to streamline oil and gas extraction in national forests The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance — How will Obama impact the midterms? MORE is the “designated survivor” for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I don't trust everybody in the White House' JPMorgan CEO withdraws from Saudi conference Trump defends family separations at border 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 ShulkinVeterans group sues to block advisers known as ‘Mar-a-Lago Crowd’ from influencing VA Mar-a-Lago insiders provided input on VA policy, personnel decisions: report Ahead of speech, Kansas City newspaper urges Trump to listen to veterans 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.