Tom Vilsack
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Tom Vilsack

Democrat

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

United States

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Department
1400 Independence Avenue Southwest U.S. Department of Agriculture
Washington, DC. 20250
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Tom Vilsack

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
Summary
Experience
70
Years of Age
19
Years of Experience
IAResidence (state)

Thomas James Vilsack (born December 13, 1950) is an American lawyer and politician serving as the 32nd and current United States Secretary of Agriculture since 2021 under the Biden Administration, previously holding the office from 2009 to 2017 under the Obama Administration. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served as the 40th Governor of Iowa from 1999 to 2007. On November 30, 2006, he formally launched his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination in the 2008 election, but ended his bid on February 23, 2007. Then-President-elect Barack Obama announced Vilsack's selection to be Secretary of Agriculture on December 17, 2008. His nomination was confirmed by the United States Senate by unanimous consent on January 20, 2009. Until his January 13, 2017 resignation one week prior to the end of Obama's second term as President, he had been the only member of the U.S. Cabinet who had served since the day Obama originally took office. As of the end of that term he was the fourth-longest-serving holder of the office.On July 19, 2016, The Washington Post reported that Vilsack was on Hillary Clinton's two-person shortlist to be her running mate for that year's presidential election. U.S. Senator Tim Kaine from Virginia was ultimately selected. On December 10, 2020, then-President-elect Joe Biden announced his intention to nominate Vilsack to once again serve as Secretary of Agriculture in the incoming Biden Administration. Vilsack was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on February 23, 2021 by a vote of 92–7.

Experience

Education

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Hamilton College
Albany Law School
Shady Side Academy

Past Positions

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United States Secretary of Agriculture
2009
United States Secretary of Agriculture
2008
Governor
State of Iowa
1998 - 2006
Senator
Iowa State Senate
1992 - 1998
Mayor
Town of Mount Pleasant, Iowa
1987 - 1992
Former Counsel
Dorsey and Whitney
Former Partner
Bell and Vilsack Law Office

Other Experience

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Member
Saint Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church
Current
Member
Iowa Trial Lawyers Association
Current
Member
Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers
Current
Member
Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Current
Member
American Bar Association
Current
Member
Iowa Bar Association
Current
Member
Mount Pleasant Noon Rotary Club
Current
Member
Mount Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce
Current
Former Chair
Midwest Governor's Conference
Former Member
National Governor's Association Executive Committee
Former Vice Chair
Democratic Governors' Association
Founding Member
Governors Biotechnology Partnership
Current
Former Chair
Ethanol Coalition
Former Chair
Governors Biotechnology Partnership