|30th United States Secretary of Agriculture|
From: January 21, 2009-Present
|President||Barack Hussein Obama|
|Successor||Incumbent (no successor)|
|40th Governor of Iowa|
From: January 15, 1999 – January 12, 2007
Tom Vilsack is the former Governor of Iowa and a member of the Democratic Party. He has twice served as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Vilsack has repeatedly spoken at the U.S.-China Business Council – a lobbying group that “serves the interests” of Chinese and American corporations – even defending a controversial Chinese state-funded project flagged as a “national security risk” by the U.S. intelligence community.
Vilsack was a candidate early on in the 2008 Presidential Election for the Democratic nomination, but withdrew and endorsed Sen. Hillary Clinton. He was nominated for Secretary of Agriculture by Barack Obama and was confirmed by the Senate.