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Is David Perdue related to former Georgia gov Sonny Perdue?

Molly Young December 6, 2021
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Former Georgia senator David Perdue recently announced plans to run for Georgia governor and people have spotted his name is similar to another former governor. Is David Perdue related to Sonny Perdue?

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Are David Perdue and Sonny Perdue related?

David Perdue, the former US senator from Georgia, announced plans to run for governor in a Republican primary against the state’s incumbent governor, Brian Kemp, as reported by The New York Times.

Ever since Perdue entered the political spotlight, individuals have noticed a similarity to his surname and many wonder whether he could be related to Sonny Perdue…

Yes. David Perdue and former Georgia governor and US agriculture secretary Sonny Perdue are reportedly first cousins.

Who is the former Georgia governor?

American veterinarian, businessman and politician George Ervin “Sonny” Perdue III served as the 31st United States Secretary of Agriculture from 2017 to 2021.

Born on 20 December 1946 in Perry, Georgia, Perdue is 74 years old.

Sonny Perdue spoke in support of his cousin, who was a senator at the time, during a campaign rally at Peachtree-Dekalb airport in Georgia on 14 December 2020.

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Georgia’s Perdue family

On 24 July 2019, David Perdue (@perduesenate) used social media to celebrate National Cousin Day, honouring his first cousin Sonny Perdue with an uploaded photograph of the pair.

@perduesenate also used Instagram to wish his cousin a happy birthday with the same image post in 2018.

The pair grew up in Bonaire and reportedly spent a lot of time at the White Diamond Grill, a restaurant where they each caught up with Houston Home Journal in a 2018 interview.

In terms of immediate family, David Perdue is married to Bonnie Perdue with whom he shares two sons, Blake Perdue and David Perdue III. The GA governor hopeful also has three grandchildren.

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Molly Young is a Journalism with Public Relations student at Leeds Beckett University. Boasting a creative background through her studies and on her personal social media channels, Molly loves creating content and providing entertainment analysis through her writing.