|U.S. Secretary of Agriculture|
|February 3, 2009-Present|
|Years in position||5|
|Elections and appointments|
|Nominated||December 17, 2008|
|Confirmed||January 20, 2009|
|Appointed by||Barack Obama|
|Governor of Iowa|
|Iowa State Senator|
|Mayor of Mount Pleasant, Iowa|
|J.D.||Albany Law School|
|Birthday||December 13, 1950|
|Place of birth||Pittsburgh, PA|
He previously served two terms as the governor of Iowa after serving as a state senator and as mayor of Mount Pleasant, Iowa.
Vilsack was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in an orphanage before being adopted before he was one year old. He graduated from Hamilton College and earned his J.D. from Albany Law School before getting married and moving to Mount Pleasant, Iowa, his wife's hometown. He worked in a private law firm before starting his career in politics.
- 1972: Graduated from Hamilton College
- 1975: Earned J.D. from Albany Law School
- 1975-1998: Lawyer at private law practice
- 1987-1992: Mayor of Mount Pleasant, Iowa
- 1992-1999: State Senator in Iowa's 49th District
- 1999-2007: Governor of Iowa
- 2007: Dropped out of 2008 Presidential race
- 2007-2008: Managing Partner for international law firm Dorsey and Whitney
- 2009-Present: U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
Secretary of Agriculture term initiatives
On February 5, 2014, the Obama administration announced the creation of seven "climate hubs" to be located in rural areas across the country. The hubs were formed in order to help rural farmers get the scientific information needed to properly handle extreme weather conditions such as droughts, blizzards and flooding. Hubs will be located in Iowa, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Colorado, Oklahoma, Oregon and New Mexico. Vilsack explained the reasons for the hubs, stating, "USDA's climate hubs are part of our broad commitment to developing the next generation of climate solutions so that our agricultural leaders have the modern technologies and tools they need to adapt and succeed in the face of a changing climate."
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- Note: 2014 only represents the Department's budget request, not an enacted budget.
Vilsack is married with two children and two grandchildren.
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- Official biography
- Reuters, "Senate confirms Vilsack as agriculture secretary," January 20, 2009
- United States Department of Agriculture, "Secretary of Agriculture - Tom Vilsack," accessed December 26, 2013
- CNN, "Tom Vilsack Fast Facts," March 7, 2013
- CNN, "U.S. sets up 'climate hubs' to help rural communities affected by extreme weather," February 5, 2014
- U.S. Department of Agriculture, "2014 Budget Summary and Annual Performance Plan," accessed February 7, 2014
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