ICYMI – Houston Home Journal Highlights Senator Perdue’s Remarkable Results for All Georgians
Last week, U.S. Senator David Perdue spoke with Kristin Moriarty of the Houston Home Journal – the Senator’s hometown newspaper – about his 40-year business career, the remarkable results he’s delivered in the Senate so far, and what’s at stake in this upcoming election.
Read the Houston Home Journal’s profile of Senator Perdue here and below.
David Perdue is the senior Republican United States Senator from Georgia and has over 40 years of business experience as the former CEO of Reebok athletic brand and Dollar General stores. He was first elected to office in 2014 and wants to continue to serve the people.
Perdue was born in Macon, Georgia, and raised in Warner Robins where he grew up working on his family’s farm. Both of Perdue’s parents were school teachers, and from an early age, Perdue said he was taught the importance of hard work and a good education.
Perdue earned a degree in industrial engineering and a master’s in operations research while working warehouse and construction jobs at Georgia Tech. After graduating, he married his wife, Bonnie, whom he had met in the first grade, and they have been married for 46 years.
Prior to his decisive election to the U.S. Senate in 2014, Perdue had never held public office and was inspired to shake up Washington and change the direction of the country. Perdue said he is a champion for term limits for politicians, reining in out-of-control spending, growing the economy and tackling the nation’s debt crisis. In 2016, Perdue was an early supporter of President Donald J. Trump and continues to be one of the President’s closest allies in the U.S. Senate. For the 116th Congress, Perdue serves on the Armed Services, Banking, Budget, and Foreign Relations committees.
“I want to continue to serve and bring back the greatest economy President Trump and his administration had before the COVID-19 pandemic,” Perdue said. “But first we have to beat COVID and continue to develop a successful vaccine and other treatments. Before COVID, we had the best turnaround in history where 6.5 million people were able to pull themselves out of poverty. In contrast, prior to that in over 55 years of rural poverty, the level did not change, but in the past three years we helped those pull out.”
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, Perdue said his highest priority has been ensuring Georgians are protected and have the resources they need to get through this challenging time. He said he connected with almost one million Georgians through constituent conference calls, providing them with the resources and information they need to get through this challenging time.
Perdue worked to pass the bipartisan CARES Act which, included:
- $46 billion in federal aid for the state of Georgia
- $6.5 billion for hospitals and frontline health care workers
- $14.5 billion in federal relief for Georgia business
- 1.5 million Georgia jobs saved
- Hundreds of thousands of forgivable loans granted to businesses across the state
Perdue also introduced the SCHOOL Act, which is a plan to help schools safely reopen or learn virtually until it is safe to return to the classroom.
The SCHOOL Act:
- Provides grants to local school districts to develop safe reopening strategies and secure necessary supplies including PPE
- Connects health care professionals with local schools
- Creates a clearinghouse to exchange best practices and new ideas
- Establishes a transparent database so parents and health officials have access to the best possible data
Perdue set his priorities in 2014 and has accomplished the following:
- The Port of Savannah has been fully funded for four years in a row and now is the top port for agricultural exports in the country
- Robins Air Force Base has been named the home of a new mission, securing its long-term future
- Fort Gordon in Augusta has become a cybersecurity leader
- Production of Columbia class submarines is coming to Kings Bay
- Rolled back regulations hurting farmers in Georgia and around the country, like the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. Rule
- Got a Farm Bill across the finish line that, while not perfect, is a key investment in rural communities
- Secured critical disaster relief for Georgia farmers hit hard by devastating storms
“I want everyone to vote, whatever their persuasion may be,” Perdue said. “This is a crucial election and will determine the future of our country both from a political and judicial point of view. If the Democrats take majority seats, they will work to change the three branches of government that this country was built upon. We need law and order. My opponent and his team have spent millions of dollars on ads fabricating that I voted against health care coverage for those with pre-existing conditions, when in fact, I actually have a bill in there to protect those with pre-existing conditions. They’re taking my vote against Obamacare and hiding behind that.
“Secondly, my opponent continues to spread false allegations of me benefiting in stock trade from the pandemic,” he went on to say. “We caught them in a lie, I was never in any of those meetings. All facts have been reviewed by the Securities Exchange Commission, the Department of Justice and by the bipartisan Senate Ethics Committee. All have stated there is no evidence to support those allegations and that there was no intent to take advantage.”