By Tia Lynn Ivey
Sitting Senator David Perdue is Georgia’s senior Senator, born in Macon, Ga. in 1949. After graduating from Georgia Tech, he rose to become the CEO of Reebok, senior vice president of Sara Lee Corporations, CEO of Pillowtex and CEO Dollar General before venturing into politics. He was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2014.
As he campaigns around the state for reelection, he regularly characterizes his democratic opponents as “radical socialists” out to “destroy democracy.”
Perdue’s critics accuse him of unethically enriching himself by selling off personal stocks after classified senate briefings on the coronavirus pandemic, after the FBI revealed an investigation into the matter, but did not bring criminal charges.
According to Perdue’s campaign and public appearances, Perdue is in favor of federal spending to spark economic growth and to provide relief aid to businesses corporations, but has spoken out against direct stimulus payments to American families. He supports the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. He has voiced support for keeping pre-existing condition protections, but voted four times to repeal them.
He supports businesses providing paid medical leave during public health crises. He does not support income tax increases on any tax bracket and does not support more federal funding to support Social Security and Medicare. He opposes raising the minimum wage, arguing to do so would be a “job killer.” He has supported slashing the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent to spark economic growth.
He describes himself as a strong supporter of the second amendment and does not support any new gun control regulations to curb gun violence.
He does not support the development of renewable energy like wind and solar with government funding and does not support federal greenhouse gas emission regulations.
He also supported the withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accords agreement. Perdue supports increased defense spending and maintaining military intervention in Middle East conflicts. Perdue also supports the construction of a wall along the southern border. He was in favor of granting citizenship for those in the DACA program in exchange for cutting back immigration rates.
On social issues, Perdue is pro-life and opposes same-sex marriage. He has backed a ban on most abortions after six weeks and wants to include pre-born human beings in the the 14th Amendment protection.
On law enforcement, Perdue has come out in favor of more police training on the use of force and what level of force is warranted, but has said the vast majority of law enforcement officials are “honorable” public servants.
He also supports the creation of databases detailing incidents of police misconduct and wrongful use of force. Perdue is open to relaxing restrictions on medical marijuana but opposes legalizing it for recreational use.
He supported President Trump’s executive order to push infrastructure plans forward including I-85 repaired and $411 million to Georgia airports.
On trade, the senator is in favor of removing tariff barriers and quotas from international trade. On education, Perdue does not support federal regulations of education. He has voiced support for “debt-free public college and free vocational training,” but opposes efforts to make college tuition free.