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Tom Vilsack
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30th and 32nd United States Secretary of Agriculture
Assumed office
February 24, 2021
President Joe Biden
Deputy Jewel H. Bronaugh (nominee)
Preceded by Sonny Perdue
In office
January 20, 2009 – January 13, 2017
President Barack Obama
Deputy Kathleen Merrigan
Krysta Harden
Michael Scuse (acting)
Preceded by Ed Schafer
Succeeded by Sonny Perdue
40th Governor of Iowa
In office
January 15, 1999 – January 12, 2007
Lieutenant Sally Pederson
Preceded by Terry Branstad
Succeeded by Chet Culver
Member of the Iowa Senate
from the 49th district
In office
January 11, 1993 – January 11, 1999
Preceded by Jack Hester
Succeeded by Mark Shearer
Mayor of Mount Pleasant
In office
Preceded by Edward King
Succeeded by Stanley Hill
Personal details
Thomas James Vilsack

December 13, 1950 (1950-12-13) (age 71)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Christie Bell (m. 1973)
Children 2
Education Hamilton College, New York (BA)
Albany Law School (JD)

Thomas James Vilsack (born December 13, 1950) is an American politician. Vilsack is the 32nd and current United States Secretary of Agriculture since 2021 during the Joe Biden presidency. He was also the 30th Secretary of Agriculture from 2009 to 2017 during the Barack Obama presidency. He was the Governor of Iowa from 1999 to 2007.

Vilsack was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At college, he met and married his wife, Christie. They moved to Iowa after graduation. They have two children.

Vilsack served in the Iowa State Senate before he ran for governor in 1998. He won that election and the next one in 2002. He chose not to run again in 2006.

In December 2006, Vilsack said he would run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008. He dropped out of the race a few months later. He endorsed New York Senator Hillary Clinton.

In December 2020, then-President-elect Joe Biden nominated Vilsack to serve as Agriculture Secretary for a second time. On February 23, 2021 the United States Senate confirmed Vilsack's nomination a second time with a 92-7 vote.

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