Congressional Leaders: Debt Matters to America's Economic Future, Senator David Perdue

May 11, 2018

In these one-on-one interviews, House and Senate leaders provided perspectives on our nation’s fiscal outlook and policies to ensure sustained economic growth. Recent legislation — combined with existing structural deficits and a demographic tidal wave in the years ahead — poses considerable policy challenges to lawmakers to put our fiscal house in order and set us on a more sustainable path. Leading lawmakers from both sides of the aisle assessed challenges and opportunities in building a better economic and fiscal future.

This interview with Senator David Perdue (R-GA) was conducted by The Washington Post's Erica Werner as part of the 2018 Fiscal Summit.

Senator David Perdue

(R-GA) Member, U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget; Member, Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform

David Perdue is the junior Senator from Georgia. David is the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress and has over 40 years of business experience as the former CEO of Reebok athletic brand and Dollar General stores, where he created thousands of quality jobs and helped working families make it from payday to payday.

David was born in Macon, Georgia, and raised in Warner Robins where he grew up working on his family farm. Both of David’s parents were school teachers, and from an early age David was taught the importance of hard work and a good education.

At Georgia Tech, David earned a degree in industrial engineering and a master’s in operations research while working warehouse and construction jobs. After graduating, he married his wife Bonnie, whom he had met in the first grade, and they have been married for 44 years.

Prior to his decisive election to the U.S. Senate in 2014, David had never held public office and was inspired to shake up Washington and change the direction of our country. David is a champion for term limits for politicians, reining in out-of-control spending, growing the economy, and tackling our nation’s debt crisis. In 2016, David was an early supporter of President Donald J. Trump and continues to be one of the President’s closest allies in the U.S. Senate.

For the 115th Congress, David serves on the Armed Services Committee; Banking Committee; Agriculture Committee; and Budget Committee. His role on these powerful committees puts him at the intersection of solving our national debt crisis and global security crisis.

David and Bonnie live in Glynn County, Georgia and attend Wesley United Methodist Church. They have two sons and three grandsons, who are their inspiration for coming to the U.S. Senate.

Erica Werner

Congressional Reporter, The Washington Post

Erica Werner covers Congress with a focus on economic policy for the Washington Post. Before joining the Post in the fall of 2017, she worked for more than 17 years for the Associated Press, starting as a temporary hire in the Los Angeles bureau and going on to cover the White House and Capitol Hill. She began her career as a journalist at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Werner graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Romance Languages and Literature. She lives in Washington with her husband, Bill, and two young daughters.


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