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Source: Wikipedia

As the Democratic National Convention approaches, Hillary Clinton’s pool of potential VP running mates narrows. It is anticipated that she will make an announcement as early as Friday, July 22, and among those on her short list is United States Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack.

Who is Tom Vilsack?

  • Born in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Attended Shady Side Academy prep school in Pittsburgh and Hamilton College in New York
  • Holds a J.D. from Albany Law School
  • Elected mayor of Mount Pleasant, Iowa in 1987
  • Elected to the Iowa Senate in 1992 where he worked on legislation to provide state tax incentives to companies that provided their workers with better pay and benefits.
  • Helped to re-design Iowa’s Workforce Development Department
  • Elected as Governor of Iowa and served from 1999-2007
  • Was thought to be a potential running mate for John Kerry in 2004
  • Announced his run for the presidency (2008 election) in 2006, but dropped out in 2007
  • On December 17, 2008, Barack Obama announced Vilsack as the nominee to be the Secretary of Agriculture.

Vilsack has the advantage of a decades-long relationship with the Clintons. He has known the Clinton family since 1972 when his wife’s late brother worked with Hillary. According to an article in The Washington Post, the Clintons and Vilsacks bonded further in 1998 when Hillary campaigned for him as he sought to become Iowa’s next governor. They continued to work together over the years on various policies. Vilsack endorsed Hillary in her 2008 campaign.