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}}{{tnr}}'''Thomas James "Tom" Vilsack''' (b. December 13, 1950, in Pittsburgh, [[Pennsylvania]]) is the current United States Secretary of Agriculture.  The [[United States Senate|Senate]] voted to [[Appointment confirmation process|confirm]] Vilsack by unanimous vote on January 20, 2009.<ref name="reuters"/>  
 
}}{{tnr}}'''Thomas James "Tom" Vilsack''' (b. December 13, 1950, in Pittsburgh, [[Pennsylvania]]) is the current United States Secretary of Agriculture.  The [[United States Senate|Senate]] voted to [[Appointment confirmation process|confirm]] Vilsack by unanimous vote on January 20, 2009.<ref name="reuters"/>  
  
He previously served two terms as [[Iowa]]'s governor after serving in the state's Senate and as Mayor of Mount Pleasant, Iowa.
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He previously served two terms as the governor of [[Iowa]] after serving as a state senator and as mayor of Mount Pleasant, Iowa.
  
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==

Revision as of 08:33, 2 January 2014

Tom Vilsack
Tom Vilsack, official USDA photo portrait.jpg
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
Incumbent
In office
February 3, 2009-Present
Years in position 6
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
NominatedDecember 17, 2008
ConfirmedJanuary 20, 2009
Appointed byBarack Obama
Prior offices
Governor of Iowa
1998-2006
Iowa State Senator
1992-1998
Mayor of Mount Pleasant, Iowa
1987-1992
Education
Bachelor'sHamilton College
J.D.Albany Law School
Personal
Date of birthDecember 13, 1950
Place of birthPittsburgh, PA
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
Thomas James "Tom" Vilsack (b. December 13, 1950, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is the current United States Secretary of Agriculture. The Senate voted to confirm Vilsack by unanimous vote on January 20, 2009.[1]

He previously served two terms as the governor of Iowa after serving as a state senator and as mayor of Mount Pleasant, Iowa.

Biography

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.[2] He worked in a private law firm before starting his career in politics.[3]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Vilsack's academic, professional and political career:[2][3]

  • 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

Confirmation vote

Vilsack was confirmed by unanimous consent on January 20, 2009, along with several of President Barack Obama's initial cabinet nominees.[1]

Personal

Vilsack is married with two children and two grandchildren.[2]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ed Schafer
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
2009-Present
Succeeded by
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