Finally: Sonny Perdue sworn in as new Ag Secretary
After a painfully looooooooong wait, Sonny Perdue was officially confirmed to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Monday.
The former Georgia Governor sailed through a vote, winning approval by 87-11. It's one of the most bipartisan outcomes so far for the Trump Administration, as many other nominees have barely made it past the Senate.
Georgia Senator David Perdue, Sonny's first cousin, voted "present," but presided over the final results.
In a speech congratulating the new Agriculture Secretary, Senator Perdue praised his cousin's "integrity and his responsibility," and added that his nomination is an indicator that President Trump is "building an outstanding Cabinet."
"As Secretary of Agriculture, my cousin has a big job. He’s got a big responsibility. I look forward to working with him as a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee to make our agriculture, farming, and ranching industries vigorous and strong now, and for future generations,” Sen. Perdue said.