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Presdient-elect Obama announces Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The President-elect announced his nominees for Secretary of Agriculture and Secretary of the Interior at a press conference December 17, 2008 in Chicago.

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Harkin: Vilsack tapped for agriculture secretary

Hmmmm, I don't know about this. Yes he was the governor of Iowa, but there are some indications that he's been a little cozy with big Agra. I don't know if he's the right man to deal with the food/crop situation that is right around the corner.

By Thomas Beaumont
The Des Moines Register

Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack is expected to be named President-elect Barack Obama’s designee to be U.S. Secretary of Agriculture on Wednesday, Democratic officials said today.

U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin said he expected Vilsack to be named USDA chief and for his Senate confirmation to go smoothly.

“All the signs point to the fact that this will be happening in the next few hours and that Barack Obama will indeed recommend Tom Vilsack to be the next secretary of agriculture,” said Harkin. The Iowa Democrat is chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee and lobbied for Vilsack to be agriculture secretary.

“I think it will be a very smooth hearing and, as chairman, I can assure you it will be smooth,” Harkin said. He said he expects hearings to begin in his committee in early January.

Obama is expected to make the announcement at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday in Chicago, where he is expected to be joined by Vilsack.

Vilsack would be the first Iowa Democrat to serve as a Cabinet secretary since Henry A. Wallace held the same position during President Franklin Roosevelt’s administration.

It would also mark the first time the agriculture secretary and Senate Agriculture Committee chairman were both Iowans, creating a unique confluence of Iowa authority over agriculture and food policy....(Click for remainder).

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