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Tom Vilsack: What to know about Biden's agriculture secretary pick
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President Joe Biden is looking to continue filling his Cabinet with familiar faces by bringing back Tom Vilsack as the secretary of agriculture.
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As agriculture secretary, Vilsack will have input on policies that will affect climate and food aid programs – two major planks of Biden’s platform.
Vilsack previously held the role from 2009-2017 under former President Barack Obama and is a big supporter of Biden, not only endorsing him in 2020 but even volunteering for Biden’s first presidential campaign in 1987.
The role also touches a number of other areas, including workers’ safety, rural development and possible competitive trust issues.
The importance of the role set off a fierce battle between the far left and more moderate wings of the Democratic Party, according to NPR. Biden likely hoped to mitigate the infighting by making what would appear to be a safe choice.
Here are four things you need to know about Tom Vilsack: