President-elect Donald Trump will officially nominate former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to be secretary of agriculture Thursday, a senior transition source told Fox News. 

The nomination was expected to be announced by Vice President-elect Mike Pence during a press briefing with incoming White House Press secretary Sean Spicer Thursday morning. 

Perdue, who in 2002 became the first Republican to be elected Georgia governor in 130 years, had long been considered the favorite to head the Agriculture Department in a Trump administration, with one source describing him to Fox News earlier this month as a “lock” for the position.

Perdue’s nomination rounds out Trump’s Cabinet choices. Sources told Fox News that the transition team wanted to complete the nominations by Friday.

Senate Republicans are pressing Democrats to allow confirmation votes for several of Trump’s nominees on Friday evening, hours after he is inaugurated as the 45th president. Among those expected to be considered by the full Senate Friday are Defense Secretary nominee James Mattis, Homeland Security Secretary nominee John Kelly and Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., for CIA Director. 

Fox News’ Ed Henry, John Roberts and Chad Pergram contributed to this report.

 

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