Ex-Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Perdue’s background as a former Republican governor helped prepare him for the “opportunities and challenges that exist in rural communities.”
The Trump administration said Perdue is the only Cabinet nominee to secure the support of his predecessor in the Obama White House.
“Coming from Georgia he knows the importance of maintaining healthy forests so he will be supportive of the Forest Service in its mission of protecting and restoring our forests,” said Vilsack, a former Iowa governor who headed the agriculture department for eight years under Obama.
“As a former governor he will understand and pay attention to the many and varied interests that depend on the department including efforts to provide all of us and especially our children with safe, nutritious and affordable food.”
Perdue, 70, was nominated to Trump’s Cabinet just hours before his inauguration. If confirmed, he will run a sprawling $140 billion department that sets the nation’s rural agenda and oversees its food stamp programs.
Here’s the full Vilsack statement:
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