Buzz: Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue Up for Agriculture Secretary President-elect Donald J. Trump has two cabinet openings left to fill the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Veterans Affairs and now Washington is buzzing that former Georgia governor George E. "Sonny" Perdue is lined up for the USDA nod.
August 15, 2002 Jesse Brown, the first African American to serve as United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs, died. In 1967, he joined the staff of Disabled American Veterans and in 1989 became the DAV’s first African American director. He served in that position until 1993 when he was selected by President William J. Clinton to become Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Brown served in that capacity until 1997.