Obama Picks Ex-Iowa Gov, a Dorsey & Whitney Lawyer, as Agriculture Secretary
Posted Dec 17, 2008 6:16 AM CST
By Debra Cassens Weiss
President-elect Barack Obama has chosen another lawyer for a cabinet post.
Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, who is of counsel in Dorsey & Whitney’s trial group, has been chosen as agriculture secretary. He is a strong proponent of renewable energy and alternative fuels, the New York Times reports.
Vilsack began his career as a lawyer in his father-in-law’s law office in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, a small town in the southeastern portion of the state, the Associated Press reports. He is a graduate of Albany Law School.
Vilsack entered politics in 1987 when he was appointed to replace his town’s mayor, who had been shot and killed by a disgruntled citizen, the AP story says. He went on to serve in the state Senate and then became governor in 1998, serving two terms. He joined Dorsey & Whitney in 2007 after a failed presidential run.
At Dorsey, Vilsack advises clients in the fields of energy conservation, renewable energy and agribusiness development, according to Dorsey’s website.