President-elect Trump formally nominated former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as his secretary of agriculture pick Thursday morning.

"Sonny Perdue is going to accomplish great things as Secretary of Agriculture," Trump said in a statement. "From growing up on a farm to being governor of a big agriculture state, he has spent his whole life understanding and solving the challenges our farmers face, and he is going to deliver big results for all Americans who earn their living off the land."

Perdue served as governor of Georgia from 2003 until 2011 following a lengthy run in the state's assembly and senate. The transition team described him as a lifelong farmer.

Perdue earned a doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Georgia and then served as a captain in the United States Air Force. He's worked as a small business owner in agribusiness and transportation, as well as a teacher.

After leaving office, Perdue founded a company exporting American goods around the world.

Perdue said he's "proud and honored" to join the administration.

"Beginning as a simple Georgia farm boy, making sure Americans who make their livelihood in the agriculture industry are thriving is near and dear to my heart, and I'm going to champion the concerns of American agriculture and work tirelessly to solve the issues facing our farm families in this new role," he said in a statement.