Tom Vilsack staying on as agriculture secretary


Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack (Reuters)

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will stay on for President Obama's second term, he announced today. 

“President Obama and I share a deep appreciation for rural America and its unlimited potential in the years ahead to feed a growing world population, revolutionize America’s energy, further protect our natural resources and create more jobs here at home," Vilsack said in a statement. "We will continue to urge Congress to pass a Food, Farm and Jobs Bill that will help us continue USDA’s wide range of efforts to support this work. As we look ahead to a promising future in our small towns and rural communities, I am pleased to continue working alongside President Obama to grow more opportunity in rural America.”

Vilsack's role in the new administration was never in serious doubt. For more on the transition to a second term, see The Post’s interactive graphic, “Who’s In, Who’s Out.”

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.

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