Jr. U.S. Senator David Purdue is the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress and has 40+ years of business experience as the former CEO of Reebok athletic brand and Dollar General stores. He also worked in operations at Haggar Clothing Company and the Sara Lee Corporation and Pillowtex, a troubled North Carolina textile company which closed shortly after he left, leaving 7,650 workers unemployed nationwide. Before entering politics, Perdue set up a global trading firm in Atlanta. The Atlanta Journal Constitution has said Perdue is “known on Wall Street as a turnaround specialist who helps revive brands and reap rewards for investors.”
Perdue was born in Macon, Georgia and raised in Warner Robins where he grew up working on his family farm.
At Georgia Tech, David earned a degree in Industrial Engineering and a master’s in Operations Research while working warehouse and construction jobs. After graduating, he married his wife Bonnie, whom he had met in the first grade and they have been married for 44 years.
In 2014 Perdue was elected to the seat previously held by Saxby Chambliss, who retired, defeating Democrat Michelle Nunn. He is a first cousin of Sonny Perdue, the former Governor of Georgia and today the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. He has never before held public office. In his official Senate profile, Perdue calls himself “a champion for term limits for politicians, reining in out-of-control spending, growing the economy, and tackling our nation’s debt crisis.” For the 115th Congress, David serves on the Armed Services Committee; Banking Committee; Agriculture Committee; and Budget Committee.
For more information, you can go to David Purdue’s website at purdue.senate.gov. He lists all of his burning issues here, including his concern with helping small farms become more successful.
The WAG WATCHDOG Takeaway:
- Perdue calls himself an early supporter of President Donald J. Trump and says he continues to be one of the President’s closest allies in the U.S. Senate.
- David Purdue is one of 93 members of the U.S. Congress who, as of mid-July, 2017, has not held a Town Hall since the election.
- So far, he has reliably voted faithfully with the Republican Party line. It would seem likely that the farmers he wants to help will be hurt by any Medicaid cuts in a revised Health Care Plan, as many of them rely on Medicaid to help them pay for health insurance.
Where we can find common ground:
- In June, the Senator called for a bipartisan solution to fix the budget process.
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Sources for information: The Senator’s official website, Wikipedia and the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Contributor: Elizabeth Beekman