United States Secretary of Agriculture

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United States
Secretary of Agriculture
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Official Seal
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Incumbent
Tom Vilsack

since 20 January 2009
Formation 15 February 1889
Succession Ninth
Website www.usda.gov

The United States Secretary of Agriculture is the head of the United States Department of Agriculture. The current secretary is Edward T. Schafer, who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become Secretary of Agriculture on January 28, 2008[1]. The position carries similar responsibilities to agriculture ministers of other governments.[2]

Secretaries of Agriculture[change | edit source]

# Secretary of Agriculture State of Residence Term of Office President(s) served under
1 Norman Jay Coleman Missouri February 15, 1889 - March 6, 1889 Grover Cleveland
2 Jeremiah M. Rusk Wisconsin March 6, 1889 - March 6, 1893 Benjamin Harrison
3 J. Sterling Morton Nebraska March 7, 1893 - March 5, 1897 Grover Cleveland
4 James Wilson Iowa March 6, 1897 - March 5, 1913 William McKinley,
Theodore Roosevelt,
William Taft
5 David F. Houston Missouri March 6, 1913 - February 2, 1920 Woodrow Wilson
6 Edwin T. Meredith Iowa February 2, 1920 - March 4, 1921
7 Henry C. Wallace Iowa March 5, 1921 - October 25, 1924 Warren Harding,
Calvin Coolidge
8 Howard M. Gore West Virginia November 22, 1924 - March 4, 1925 Calvin Coolidge
9 William M. Jardine Kansas March 5, 1925 - March 4, 1929
10 Arthur M. Hyde Missouri March 6, 1929 - March 4, 1933 Herbert Hoover
11 Henry A. Wallace Iowa March 4, 1933 - September 4, 1940 Franklin Roosevelt
12 Claude R. Wickard Indiana September 5, 1940 - June 29, 1945 Franklin Roosevelt,
Harry Truman
13 Clinton P. Anderson New Mexico June 30, 1945 - May 10, 1948 Harry Truman
14 Charles F. Brannan Colorado June 2, 1948 - January 20, 1953
15 Ezra Taft Benson Idaho January 21, 1953 - January 20, 1961 Dwight Eisenhower
16 Orville L. Freeman Minnesota January 21, 1961 - January 20, 1969 John F. Kennedy,
Lyndon Johnson
17 Clifford M. Hardin Nebraska January 21, 1969 - November 17, 1971 Richard Nixon
18 Earl L. Butz Indiana December 2, 1971 - October 4, 1976 Richard Nixon,
Gerald Ford
19 John A. Knebel Oklahoma November 4, 1976 - January 20, 1977 Gerald Ford
20 Robert S. Bergland Minnesota January 23, 1977 - January 20, 1981 Jimmy Carter
21 John R. Block Illinois January 23, 1981 - February 14, 1986 Ronald Reagan
22 Richard E. Lyng California March 7, 1986 - January 21, 1989
23 Clayton K. Yeutter Nebraska February 16, 1989 - March 1, 1991 George H. W. Bush
24 Edward R. Madigan Illinois March 8, 1991 - January 20, 1993
25 Alphonso Michael "Mike" Espy Mississippi January 22, 1993 - December 31, 1994 Bill Clinton
26 Daniel R. Glickman Kansas March 30, 1995 - January 19, 2001
27 Ann M. Veneman California January 20, 2001 - January 20, 2005 George W. Bush
28 Michael O. Johanns Nebraska January 21, 2005 - September 20, 2007
29 Edward T. Schafer North Dakota January 28, 2008 - January 20, 2009
30 Tom Vilsack Iowa January 20, 2009 - present Barack Obama


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