Tom Vilsack

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Tom Vilsack
30th United States Secretary of Agriculture
From: January 21, 2009-Present
President Barack Hussein Obama
Predecessor Ed Schafer
Successor Incumbent (no successor)
40th Governor of Iowa
From: January 15, 1999 – January 12, 2007
Predecessor Terry Branstad
Successor Chet Culver
Party Democrat
Spouse(s) Christie Vilsack
Religion Roman Catholic

Thomas James “ Tom “ Vilsack is the former Governor of Iowa and a member of the Democratic Party. He has twice served as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Vilsack has repeatedly spoken at the U.S.-China Business Council – a lobbying group that “serves the interests” of Chinese and American corporations – even defending a controversial Chinese state-funded project flagged as a “national security risk” by the U.S. intelligence community.[1]

Vilsack was a candidate early on in the 2008 Presidential Election for the Democratic nomination, but withdrew and endorsed Sen. Hillary Clinton.[2] He was nominated for Secretary of Agriculture by Barack Obama[3] and was confirmed by the Senate.