David Alfred Perdue Jr. (/pərˈduː/; born December 10, 1949) is an American businessman and politician serving as the senior United States Senator for Georgia since 2015. He was elected in 2014 to the seat previously held by Saxby Chambliss, who retired. Perdue won the Republican primary and defeated Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn. He is a first cousin of Sonny Perdue, former Governor of Georgia and current United States Secretary of Agriculture. David Perdue started his business career with more than a decade as a management consultant. In 1992 he became a VP at Sara Lee Corporation. During the next decade, he worked with Haggar Clothing, and Reebok. He was unable to correct problems at Pillowtex, which he joined in 2002, leaving after nine months with a large buyout. Perdue next worked for Dollar General, where he did achieve a turnaround, and later for the Gujarat Heavy Chemicals Ltd. (GHCL), whose interests in India included textile mills. Before entering politics, Perdue set up a global trading firm in Atlanta, Georgia. With a net worth of $15.8 million, Perdue is one of the wealthiest members of the Senate. He became Georgia's senior Senator after Johnny Isakson resigned on December 31, 2019.