Tom Vilsack

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Tom Vilsack
Tom Vilsack, official USDA photo portrait.jpg
30th United States Secretary of Agriculture
In office
January 21, 2009 – January 13, 2017
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byEd Schafer
Succeeded bySonny Perdue
40th Governor of Iowa
In office
January 15, 1999 – January 12, 2007
LieutenantSally Pederson
Preceded byTerry Branstad
Succeeded byChet Culver
Personal details
Born (1950-12-13) December 13, 1950 (age 69)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Christie Vilsack
Alma materHamilton 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.

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

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