Trump skips over four Texans, taps Sonny Perdue as agriculture chief


President-elect Donald Trump will reportedly tap former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue for U.S. secretary of agriculture, passing over four Texas Republicans who interviewed for the job: Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, former Texas A&M University President Elsa Murano, former Texas Agriculture Commissioner Susan Combs and former U.S. Rep. Henry Bonilla of San Antonio.

The agriculture job was the last cabinet position to be named by Trump, who will take the oath of office Friday.

During the campaign, Miller was one of Trump’s most high-profile surrogates from the Lone Star State, serving on Trump’s agriculture advisory team, earning shout-outs from the candidate and stirring controversy along the way.

Murano has had a high-ranking position in the USDA before, as undersecretary for food safety. She or Bonilla, who served nearly 15 years in Congress, would have been the only Hispanic on Trump’s cabinet.

Trump’s cabinet, if confirmed by the Senate, will include two Texans: former ExxonMobil executive Rex Tillerson as secretary of state and former Gov. Rick Perry as secretary of energy. Perry’s confirmation hearing is underway on Thursday.



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