Former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack is President-elect Barack Obama's nominee for agriculture secretary, the Associated Press is reporting.
Vilsack, from a key farm state, ran for president, but his campaign ended in February 2007, just as Obama's began. He endorsed Hillary Clinton before the Iowa caucuses, which Obama won to springboard to the front of the Democratic nomination fight.
According to the AP, others under consideration for the post included Dennis Wolff, Pennsylvania agriculture secretary; Tom Buis, president of National Farmers Union; former Representative Charles Stenholm of Texas; Representative Stephanie Herseth Sandlin of South Dakota; and former Representative Jill Long Thompson of Indiana.
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