Meet the Freshmen: David Perdue

What do Reebok, Pillowtex and Dollar General all have in common? A man by the name of David Perdue happened to serve as CEO of all three companies. Now, the State of Georgia can be added to that list, as David Perdue journeys to Washington, D.C. to serve Georgia in the United States Senate.

Perdue is not your conventional politician. In fact, he had never held elected office before he ran for the open Senate seat being vacated by incumbent U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss. The 2014 U.S. Senate election, which pitted Perdue against the daughter of a Georgia political icon, was at one point in time considered to be the Democrat’s opening into a political landscape so heavily titled against them. However, Sam Nunn’s daughter, Michelle, was unable to crack the Democrat’s curse that exists in the South.

Perdue’s business background and experience with major corporations will be an asset in the United States Senate. Unlike the liberal demagogues who defamed and demoralized Mitt Romney for being a businessman, the State of Georgia didn’t buy that shamed rhetoric. They instead opted to send a pragmatic, pro-Jobs problem solver to the United States Senate.

Nunn’s loss dealt a major blow to the Democrat’s hopes of recapturing the U.S. Senate. During the primary season, when Perdue was up against Congressmen Jack Kingston, Phil Gingrey, Paul Broun and former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel, polling showed any of the potential Republican candidates either tied or closely trailing behind Nunn. However, following the primary runoff between Perdue and Congressman Jack Kingston, the polls began shifting favorably towards Perdue.

David Perdue will deliver for Georgia, and he will deliver for the United States as a member of the Senate. Politics also runs in Perdue’s blood. He is the first cousin of former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue. David Perdue is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, and he and his wife Bonnie have two children and reside in Macon, Georgia.

About Blake Humphrey

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Born in Orlando, Florida, Blake and his family moved to Wheeling, West Virginia in 1997. Since then, Blake has become involved politically in the Mountain State. In 2010, he helped Erikka Storch win a seat in the West Virginia House of Delegates. From 2011 to 2013, Blake interned for Congressman David B. McKinley. In 2012, Blake managed two campaigns (Patty Levenson for Ohio County Commissioner and Bob Miller for Marshall County Commissioner). In May of 2014, Blake graduated from Wheeling Park High School. He served as Senior Class President, Student Council Vice President, and as the Student Representative to the West Virginia Board of Education and the Ohio County Board of Education. Blake currently resides in Morgantown, West Virginia where he is attending West Virginia University. Currently, Blake serves as a Member of the West Virginia University Student Government Association Board of Governors. As a Member of the Board, he is currently working on college and textbook affordability issues. Blake is majoring in Political Science and Economics. In his free time, Blake enjoys traveling, hiking, fine coffee and reading.