Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

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Tom Vilsack, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

Tom Vilsack
Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

Tom Vilsack was nominated by President Joe Biden to return to a role where he served for eight years under President Barack Obama.

Prior to returning to USDA, he served as president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) from 2017 until February 2021. In addition to his post at USDEC, he also served as a Strategic Advisor to Colorado State University’s food and water initiatives.

Vilsack was the longest-serving member of President Obama’s original Cabinet. Prior to his appointment, he served two terms as the Governor of Iowa, served in the Iowa State Senate and as the mayor of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.

He received his bachelor's degree from Hamilton College and his law degree from Albany Law School in New York.