Tuesday, December 16, 2008

President-elect Obama picks former Iowa governor as Secretary of Agriculture

Sources: Obama selects Vilsak for ag post
Mike Glover, Associated Press
Published Tuesday, December 16, 2008

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic sources say President-elect Barack Obama has selected former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack as agriculture secretary and will announce the appointment on Wednesday.

Two sources familiar with the selection process spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the selection.

Vilsack sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008 but dropped out after poor showings in early primaries. He endorsed Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and campaigned actively for her in the long primary campaign against Obama. After Obama defeated Clinton in the primaries, Vilsack endorsed him.

Vilsack served two terms as governor of Iowa, a major farm state. He was first elected in 1998.

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