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Tom Vilsack

Tom Vilsack
Personal data
Date of birthDecember 12, 1950(age 65)
Place of birthPittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic Party
SpouseChristie Bell
ResidenceMount Pleasant, Iowa
Alma materHamilton College
Albany Law School
ProfessionAttorney at law
ReligionRoman Catholicism
30th United States Secretary of Agriculture
Assumed officeJanuary 21, 2009
PresidentBarack Obama
DeputyKathleen Merrigan
Preceded byEd Schafer
40th Governor of Iowa
In officeJanuary 15, 1999 - January 12, 2007
LieutenantSally Pederson
Succeeded byChet Culver
Preceded byTerry Branstad

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Thomas James "Tom" Vilsack (-enˈvɪlsækpron; born December 12, 1950) is an American politician, a member of the Democratic Party, and presently the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. He served as the 40th Governor of the state of Iowa. He was first elected in 1998 and re-elected to a second four-year term in 2002. On November 30, 2006, he formally launched his candidacy for the Democratic Party's nomination for President of the United States in the 2008 election, but ended his bid on February 23, 2007.

Barack Obama announced Vilsack's selection to be the United States Secretary of Agriculture under his administration on December 17, 2008. Vilsack's nomination was confirmed by the United States Senate by unanimous consent on January 20, 2009.


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