Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue’s nomination as the next U.S. secretary of agriculture is now before the full Senate for consideration. The Senate Agriculture Committee approved his nomination late last week. No announcements have been made yet regarding timing for floor consideration in the Senate, but the goal is to have Perdue confirmed by the Congressional Easter recess which begins April 10.
If the Senate does not vote on Perdue’s nomination this week it could be the end of April or early May before he is confirmed. Perdue has received wide spread support from the agriculture community. Six former secretaries of agriculture who served in the Reagan, Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations sent a letter of support to the Senate.