Former Iowa Governor Vilsack confirmed as Biden's Agriculture Secretary


The Senate easily confirmed former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack to a second stint as the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

Vilsack was confirmed on a 92-7 vote.

He served in the same role for eight years during the Obama administration.

Vilsack was elected as the 40th Governor of Iowa in 1998, serving two terms.

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig issued the following statement on Vilsack's confirmation:

“Having an Iowan at the helm of USDA is positive for our state’s agriculture community. Secretary Vilsack will be able to hit the ground running given his previous experience as agriculture secretary, and being a former Governor, he understands the partnership between states and the federal government. I look forward to working alongside Secretary Vilsack to continue to grow demand for renewable fuels, prevent foreign animal diseases, advance water quality and soil health, promote international trade and support investments in rural America.”