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Former Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue has been chosen to head the Agriculture Department


President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to head the Department of Agriculture, transition sources told Politico, on Wednesday.

Vice president-elect Mike Pence is expected to make the formal announcement on Thursday--just one day before the former business mogul takes the oath of office.

Formerly the governor of Georgia, Perdue also served on Trump's Agricultural Advisory Committee. He promoted economic development through trade, honed in on cutting government spending and focused on improving education in the state.

According to Fox News, Perdue was the first Republican governor in Georgia in 130 years.

Filling the last vacant Cabinet position with Perdue means that Trump will break a longstanding tradition. He'll be the first president since Reagan to refrain from including at least one Hispanic in his presidential Cabinet.

Trump's lack of diversity in his Cabinet is garnering some backlash. 


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