American politician and business executive David Alfred Perdue Jr. is the current senator for Georgia. A member of the Republican party, Perdue has been in service as a senator from 2015 to 2021.
Early life and education
Perdue’s father, David Alfred Perdue Sr., was a Democrat and was elected as superintendent of schools for Houston County, Georgia, from 1961 to 1980.
David Perdue was born in Macon, Georgia and raised in Warner Robins, Georgia, and graduated from Northside High School in 1968, where he was an excellent student, a varsity athlete, and class president. After receiving an appointment from Congressman Jack Brinkley of Georgia, he went to college at the United States Air Force Academy starting in June 1968.
Perdue later switched colleges to Georgia Tech, where he obtained his Bachelor’s of industrial engineering degree in 1972 and Master’s degree in operations research in 1975.
Perdue tied the knot with Bonnie Dunn in August 1972. The couple has three children together- a daughter, who died in infancy, and two sons, David A. Perdue III and Blake Perdue.
Career in Business
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has described Perdue as having a “mixed” business record but says that he was “known on Wall Street as a turnaround specialist who helps revive brands and reap the rewards for investors.” Most of his jobs involved outsourcing jobs overseas, and he said in a deposition, “I spent most of my career doing that.”
2014 Senate campaign
Perdue touted his business experience in the running for political office as a Republican candidate. According to Perdue, “We added about 2,200 stores, created almost 20,000 jobs and doubled the value of that company in a brief period. Not because of me, but because we listened to our customers and employees.” The National Federation of Independent Business endorsed him.
Perdue defeated Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn 52.89% to 45.21%.
2020- 21 Senate campaign
Perdue ran for re-election in the 2020-21 gubernatorial elections. Most of his election propaganda seemed to be centered around derogatory remarks directed at his competitors.
Perdue advertised that his Democratic opponent, Jon Ossoff’s nose was enlarged, a dog whistle reference to Ossoff’s Jewish heritage. He later took the ad down and stated the picture looked distorted because of an ‘inadvertent’ error on the part of the editing team.
Perdue mocked Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris by repeatedly mispronouncing her name during a campaign event. He called Harris “Kah-mah-la or Kah-ma-la or Kamamboamamla.” Some commentators noted that Perdue, who had been serving with Harris in the Senate since 2017, undoubtedly knows how to pronounce her name.
Perdue lost in the runoff that occurred in January, and Ossoff won.
2022 Georgia gubernatorial election
Incumbent Republican governor Brian Kemp has announced that he will run for re-election.
Kemp’s primary challenger is former senator David Perdue, who Trump has personally endorsed.
On April 16, 2021, former Democratic turned Republican state representative Vernon Jones declared his challenge to Kemp in the primary.
Kemp’s challenger from the Democratic party is Stacey Abrams, former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives and founder of Fair Fight Action, who Kemp defeated in the general election in 2018.
Libertarian Shane T Hazel, the most recent nominee for US Senate in 2020, has also declared that he will run. Independent Al Bartell has filed paperwork.
Address: 455 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
Phone Number: (202) 224-3521
Office Email ID: https://www.perdue.senate.gov/connect/email
Perdue is also active on Twitter, and his Twitter handle is @sendavidperdue. Perdue’s Instagram username is @perduesenate. He is also active on Facebook and goes by Senator David Perdue’s username.
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