11 Facts About Sonny Perdue

1. In 2006, while still governor, Sonny Perdue made a cameo appearance as the coach of the East Carolina Pirates football team in the movie We Are Marshall, large portions of which were filmed in Georgia.

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2. In 2011, he founded Sonny Perdue Partners, which facilitates the export of US goods and services.

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3. In December 2004, Sonny Perdue bought $2 million worth of land near Disney World from a developer whom he had previously appointed to the state's economic development board.

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4. In 2008, Sonny Perdue worked with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency to implement Ready Georgia, a campaign to increase disaster preparedness throughout the state.

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5. In 2006, Sonny Perdue signed a law that gave Georgia "some of the nation's toughest measures against illegal immigrants".

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6. In 2004, Sonny Perdue sued the Environmental Protection Agency to block environmental regulations on reformulated gasoline.

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7. In 2007, Sonny Perdue convinced a skeptical legislature to approve a $19 million fishing tourism program he called Go Fish Georgia.

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8. In January 2003, Sonny Perdue signed an executive order prohibiting himself and all other state employees from receiving any gift worth more than $25.

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9. Prior to Sonny Perdue's becoming governor, no state agency had even compiled an inventory of what assets the state owned.

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10. In December 2001, Sonny Perdue resigned as state senator and devoted himself entirely to running for the office of Governor of Georgia.

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11. In 1971, Sonny Perdue earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, and worked as a veterinarian before becoming a small business owner, eventually starting three small businesses.

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