FILE- In this Nov. 30, 2016, file photo, former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue smiles as he waits for an elevator in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York. A person familiar with the decision says President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Perdue to serve as agriculture secretary. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
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The Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing next week to consider Sonny Perdue’s nomination to be agriculture secretary.

President Donald Trump announced in January that he would nominate Perdue. After a seven-week delay, Perdue submitted the necessary ethics paperwork last week and said he would step down from several companies bearing his name.

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Perdue, 70, is a farmer’s son who would be the first Southerner in the post in more than two decades.

The March 23 hearing was announced by Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, and the panel’s top Democrat, Michigan’s Debbie Stabenow.

Perdue is one of the few remaining Cabinet nominees waiting to be confirmed. The nominations for Robert Lighthizer, Trump’s pick for U.S. trade representative, and Alexander Acosta, his choice for labor secretary, are also pending.

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