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 PerdueOn The Money: Shutdown Day 32 | Senate to vote on dueling funding measures | GOP looks to change narrative | Dems press Trump on recalled workers | Kudlow predicts economy will 'snap back' after shutdown USDA to recall more than 9,000 furloughed workers to provide farm aid Agency function is tied to how people feel about their job — that's bad news for USDA research MORE is the “designated survivor” for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: I will deliver State of the Union 'when the shutdown is over' Former NYPD commander claims Trump got special treatment for gun licenses Colbert starts petition for Cardi B to give State of the Union rebuttal 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 Shulkin‘We Can Do It!’: Women and bipartisanship Reforming veterans benefits will be controversial, but necessary Trump’s shifting Cabinet to introduce new faces 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.