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Ex-Iowa governor to be agriculture secretary nominee

Tom Vilsack backed Hillary Rodham Clinton in the primaries.

Tom Vilsack backed Hillary Rodham Clinton in the primaries.

DES MOINES, Iowa — President-elect Barack Obama has selected former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack to become his agriculture secretary, according to Democratic officials familiar with the selection process.

Obama will announce the nomination of Vilsack today, the officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the selection before the announcement. Obama also plans to announce his nomination of Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar as interior secretary at the same news conference, other Democratic officials said.

Vilsack will be the fourth former opponent of Obama in the campaign for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination to join his new administration. Others include Vice President-elect Joe Biden, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has been tapped for secretary of state, and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, selected to head the Commerce Department.

Ex-Iowa governor to be agriculture secretary nominee 12/16/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 12:59pm]

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