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Secretary Tom Vilsack Esq.


Self Description

July 2007: "Given up for adoption at birth, Tom Vilsack spent the first months of his life in a Catholic orphanage in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Born and raised an outsider, Tom has always supported the underdog and been willing to take chances.

After growing up in Pittsburgh, Tom attended Hamilton College in New York where he met Christie Bell. He and Christie married in 1973, and following Tom’s graduation from Albany Law School in 1975, they moved to Christie’s hometown of Mount Pleasant, Iowa. There, Tom worked as a lawyer and coached little league and 9th grade football. In 1987, after Mount Pleasant’s mayor was tragically murdered, Tom was elected mayor in his place. He served five years before being elected in 1992 to the Iowa State Senate. Tom and Christie raised their two adult sons, Jess and Doug, in Mount Pleasant.

In 1998, Tom launched a long-shot bid for Iowa governor, scored an upset victory in the Democratic primary and then overcame a 25-point deficit in the general-election campaign to become the first Democrat elected governor of Iowa in 32 years. In 2006, Tom kept his promise to serve only two terms and then worked to elect Democrat Chet Culver as his successor. Tom also successfully helped to elect a Democratic State House and Senate in 2006. As chair of the Democratic Governors Association, Tom led Democrats to statehouse victories across the United States in 2004.

As Governor of Iowa, Tom improved Iowa schools, expanded health care coverage to 90,000 uninsured children, and made the state a national leader in renewable energy – all while balancing the budget and providing targeted tax relief to working families.

As a presidential candidate, Tom was the first to announce his candidacy, the first to oppose the Bush-McCain Doctrine of escalating the war in Iraq and the first to demand that Congress use its spending power under the Constitution to bring U.S. fighting to an end in Iraq.

As an outsider with a proven record of success, Tom will win the general election and lead America in a new direction by strengthening our schools, setting our nation on the road to energy security and guaranteeing every American access to quality, affordable health care."

http://www.tomvilsack08.com/pages/meet_tom_vilsack

Third-Party Descriptions

July 2010: "WASHINGTON — The White House and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack apologized profusely and repeatedly on Wednesday to a black midlevel official for the way she had been humiliated and forced to resign her Agriculture Department job after a conservative blogger put out a misleading video clip that seemed to show her admitting antipathy toward a white farmer."

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/22/us/politics/22sherrod.html

April 2010: "Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack sent letters last month to congressional leaders, who have been embroiled with health care legislation, asking them to appropriate money for the settlement, and said this week that resolving cases of discrimination is a department priority."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/31/AR2010033104044.html

July 2007: Shortly after endorsing Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign, former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack received nearly $90,000 in donations to his defunct presidential campaign from some of Clinton's major backers, campaign finance reports show.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-hillary17jul17,1,4161296.story

Relationships

RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Student/Trainee (past or present) Albany Law School (ALS) Organization Jul 29, 2007
Member of (past or present) Democratic Party / Democratic National Committee (DNC) Organization Jul 29, 2007
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Department of Agriculture/Agriculture Department (USDA) Organization Apr 1, 2010
Student/Trainee (past or present) Hamilton College Organization Jul 29, 2007
Succeeded by Gov. Chet Culver M.A. Person Jul 29, 2007
Appointed/Selected by Subordinate of (past or present) Pres. Barack Hussein Obama Esq. Person Apr 1, 2010

Articles and Resources

Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at:
Apr 29, 2011 Soft Drink Industry Fights Proposed Food Stamp Ban

QUOTE: They also fear that restrictions on soft drinks would set a precedent for the government to distinguish between good and bad foods and to ban the use of food stamps for other products… The plan is unfair to food stamp recipients because it treats them differently from other customers.

New York Times
Apr 14, 2011 Top USDA official, leaving to work for Rahm Emanuel, accused of discrimination

QUOTE: The allegations include age and gender discrimination and the promotion of employees supportive of the Democratic Party… The workers said they raised the allegations “because of a hostile work environment, retaliation and/or prohibited personnel practice.”

Washington Post
Jul 21, 2010 White House Offers Apology to Official Accused of Bias

QUOTE: The White House and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack apologized profusely and repeatedly on Wednesday to a black midlevel official [Shirley Sherrod--Ed.] for the way she had been humiliated and forced to resign her Agriculture Department job after a conservative blogger put out a misleading video clip that seemed to show her admitting antipathy toward a white farmer.

New York Times
Apr 01, 2010 Congress misses deadline for payments to black farmers

QUOTE: The federal government promised last month to pay more than $1 billion by the end of March to tens of thousands of black farmers who had filed decades-old discrimination complaints against the U.S. Agriculture Department.

Washington Post
Sep 17, 2009 Health Ills Abound as Farm Runoff Fouls Wells (Toxic Waters)

QUOTE: runoff from all but the largest farms is essentially unregulated by many of the federal laws intended to prevent pollution and protect drinking water sources.

New York Times
Jul 18, 2007 White House Had Drug Officials Appear With GOP Candidates

QUOTE: White House officials arranged for top officials at the Office of National Drug Control Policy to help as many as 18 vulnerable Republican congressmen by making appearances and sometimes announcing new federal grants in the lawmakers' districts in the months leading up to the November 2006 elections, a Democratic lawmaker said yesterday.

Washington Post
Jul 17, 2007 He backs Clinton; her backers help him: Ex-Iowa Gov. Vilsack endorses senator, then receives $87,000 from her supporters to help pay off his own presidential campaign debt.

QUOTE: Shortly after endorsing Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign, former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack received nearly $90,000 in donations to his defunct presidential campaign from some of Clinton's major backers, campaign finance reports show.

Los Angeles Times