Obama to Pick Iowa Ex-Gov. Vilsack for Agriculture

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 16, 2008 6:27 PM CST
Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack announces his support for Democratic presidential hopeful U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in March 2007.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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(Newser) – Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack will be Barack Obama's pick for agriculture secretary, CNN reports. Obama is expected to make the announcement tomorrow. Vilsack himself briefly ran for president before dropping out and campaigning for Hillary Clinton. As a two-term governor, Vilsack backed renewable energy and sought to develop the state's alternative fuels industry, the AP notes.