Tom Vilsack Fast Facts

Here’s a look at the life of former US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

Personale

Data di nascita: dicembre 13, 1950
Luogo di nascita: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Full name: Thomas James Vilsack
    Padre: Bud Vilsack
    Madre: Dolly Vilsack
    Matrimonio: Christie (campana) Vilsack (1973-presente)
    Bambini: Jess and Doug
    Formazione scolastica: Hamilton College, B.A., 1972; Albany Law School J.D., 1975

    Altri fatti

    Was mentioned as a possible running mate for John Kerry durante 2004 presidential election process.
    Adopted as an infant from an orphanage by Bud and Dolly Vilsack.
    Ran for mayor of Mount Pleasant, Iowa, after his predecessor was shot and killed at a city council meeting.

    Sequenza temporale

    1975-1998 – Practices law.
    1987-1992Mayor of Mount Pleasant, Iowa.
    1992 – Elected to the Iowa Senate.
    1994 – Wins reelection to the Iowa Senate.
    1998 – Becomes the first Democrat elected governor of Iowa in more than 30 anni.
    gennaio 15, 1999-gennaio 12, 2007 – Governor of Iowa.
    2004 – Chair of the Democratic GovernorsAssociation.
    novembre 9, 2006 – Vilsack files a statement of candidacy to run for the White House in 2008, becoming the first prominent Democrat to do so.
    febbraio 23, 2007Drops out of the 2008 corsa presidenziale.
    marzo 26, 2007Endorses Hillary Clinton and becomes co-chairman of her national campaign.
    aprile 2007Joins Minneapolis-based international law firm Dorsey and Whitney as a managing partner.
    dicembre 17, 2008 – Is nominated di President-elect Barack Obama to be agriculture secretary.
    gennaio 21, 2009 – Is sworn in as the 30th secretary of the Department of Agriculture after a unanimous US Senate confirmation.
    luglio 19, 2010 – Calls for the resignation of USDA official Shirley Sherrod after an excerpted video clip of Sherrod is posted online, in which Sherrod discusses an incident involving a white farmer. Vilsack contends that he made the decision without conferring with the White House.
    luglio 21, 2010 – Vilsack apologizes to Sherrod after video of the full speech shows that her remarks from the clip were taken out of context. Vilsack offers Sherrod another job with the Department of Agriculture, which she later declines.
    gennaio 15, 2016 – President Obama names Vilsack his Cabinet-level point person to address the problem of heroin and other opiate use in rural communities.
    gennaio 13, 2017 – Vilsack steps down as agriculture secretary one week early.
    febbraio 1, 2017 – Becomes the president and CEO of the US Dairy Export Council (USDEC).
      aprile 10, 2017 – Colorado State University announces that Vilsack and his wife, Christie Vilsack, will join the university as advisers.

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