The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed Tom Vilsack, a former Colorado State University System special adviser, as the agriculture secretary in the Biden administration.
The Senate voted 92-7 to approve Vilsack’s nomination.
Vilsack joined the CSU System in 2017 as a strategic adviser of food and water initiatives at CSU Spur for the Colorado State University System. He also worked as the global chair for the International Board of Counselors on Food and Water Initiatives.
At his Feb. 2 hearing, Vilsack said he plans to prioritize pandemic recovery and climate change during his term. He also spoke of the importance of racial justice and equity and how he hopes to change the USDA.
“I will build the most diverse team in the Department’s history, one that looks like America, and will extend that commitment across all USDA agencies and offices,” said Vilsack.
This will be Vilsack’s second term as the secretary of agriculture as he held the position for eight years in the Obama White House. Before that he served two terms as the Governor of Iowa, served in the Iowa State Senate and as the mayor of Mount Pleasant, Iowa.
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