|30th United States Secretary of Agriculture|
January 21, 2009 – January 13, 2017
|Preceded by||Ed Schafer|
|Succeeded by||Sonny Perdue|
|40th Governor of Iowa|
January 15, 1999 – January 12, 2007
|Preceded by||Terry Branstad|
|Succeeded by||Chet Culver|
December 13, 1950 |
|Alma mater||Hamilton College
Albany Law School
Thomas James Vilsack (born December 13, 1950) is a former Governor of Iowa and a former Democratic candidate for President of the United States. Vilsack was the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture from 2009 to 2017.
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.