Sonny Perdue sworn in as U.S. agriculture secretary
WASHINGTON — After Monday’s Senate confirmation vote in which he got strong bipartisan support, former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue was sworn in Tuesday morning as the 31st U.S. secretary of agriculture.
Perdue was sworn in by U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, who also is a native of Georgia.
“The only legacy that I seek is the only one that any grandparent or parent seeks – to be good stewards, and to hand off our nation, our home, our fields, our forests, and our farms to the next generation in better shape than we found it,” Perdue said.