Posted Dec. 1, 2002
Colorado veterinarian Wayne Allard won a hard-fought race in November against Democratic challenger Tom Strickland to retain his seat in the Senate.
And in Georgia, George E. "Sonny" Perdue, a veterinarian and former state senator, pulled a shocking upset when he unseated incumbent Democratic governor, Roy Barnes, to become the state's first Republican governor since 1872.Dr. Bruce W. Little, AVMA executive vice president, sent letters to Drs. Allard and Perdue, both AVMA members, congratulating them on their electoral victories.
In the race leading up to the Nov. 5 election, Dr. Allard's chances of returning to the Senate appeared to be slim. Dr. Allard received 51 percent of the vote, however, and his election was seen as critical in the GOP retaking the Senate.
Dr. Allard was elected to the Senate in 1996 and has worked with the AVMA on key pieces of legislation, including ending interstate transportation of birds used for fighting and requiring the chief of the Army Veterinary Corps to hold the rank of general. Dr. Allard also co-sponsored the Minor Use and Minor Species Animal Health Act.
The Colorado State University alumnus sits on four Senate committees: Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry; Armed Services; Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; and Budget.
Dr. Perdue is a 1971 graduate of the University of Georgia. He served in the Air Force from 1971-1974 and retired with the rank of captain. After a brief tenure practicing veterinary medicine in Raleigh, N.C., Dr. Perdue returned to Georgia and became a successful small business owner in agribusiness and transportation.
In the Georgia state senate, Dr. Perdue was recognized as an authority in several areas, including agriculture. Virtually unknown to Georgians just months ago, he received 51 percent of the vote on Election Day, making him the state's first Republican governor since the Reconstruction.