Trump to name ex-Georgia Governor Perdue as agriculture secretary: Report

David Perdue speaks to reporters at Trump Tower in New York City.
David Perdue speaks to reporters at Trump Tower in New York City. PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US President-elect Donald Trump will name former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as his nominee for secretary of agriculture on Thursday (Jan 19), Fox News reported on Wednesday.

Mr Perdue, 70, served on Mr Trump's agricultural advisory committee during his presidential campaign. His nomination, which must be confirmed by the Republican-led Senate, will complete Mr Trump's proposed Cabinet just two days before he is sworn in as president on Friday.

During his time as governor, Mr Perdue's key agricultural issues included water management and making changes to the tax code that were beneficial to farmers, said Mr Jeffrey Harvey, legislative director for the Georgia Farm Bureau.

Mr Perdue was elected to two terms as governor, serving from 2003 to 2011. Before that, he served in the state Senate representing a rural swath of the state about 160km south of Atlanta.

After finishing his second term as governor, Mr Perdue founded Perdue Partners, a global trading firm that consults and provides services for companies looking to export products.