Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue has been named by President Donald Trump as the head of the U.S. Agriculture Department.
The last three agriculture secretaries were from Iowa, North Dakota and Nebraska.
Perdue, 70, began his political career as a Democrat in the Georgia Legislature in the 1990s. After switching his allegiance to the Republican Party, he was elected governor in 2002.
Perdue already has family serving in Washington. A cousin, former Dollar General CEO David Perdue of Sea Island, Georgia, was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2014.