Father: Bud Vilsack

Mom: Dolly Vilsack

Marriage: Christie (Bell) Vilsack (1973-present)

Youngsters: Jess and Doug

Training: Hamilton School, B.A., 1972; Albany Regulation College J.D., 1975

Different Facts

Was talked about as a attainable operating mate for John Kerry throughout the 2004 presidential election course of.

Adopted as an toddler from an orphanage by Bud and Dolly Vilsack.

Ran for mayor of Mount Nice, Iowa, after his predecessor was shot and killed at a metropolis council assembly.


1975-1998 – Practices regulation.

1987-1992Mayor of Mount Nice, Iowa.

1992 – Elected to the Iowa Senate.

1994 – Wins reelection to the Iowa Senate.

1998 – Turns into the primary Democrat elected governor of Iowa in additional than 30 years.

January 15, 1999-January 12, 2007 – Governor of Iowa.

2004 – Chair of the Democratic Governors’ Affiliation.

November 9, 2006 – Vilsack recordsdata an announcement of candidacy to run for the White Home in 2008, turning into the primary outstanding Democrat to take action.

February 23, 2007Drops out of the 2008 presidential race.

March 26, 2007Endorses Hillary Clinton and turns into co-chairman of her nationwide marketing campaign.

April 2007Joins Minneapolis-based worldwide regulation agency Dorsey and Whitney as a managing companion.

December 17, 2008 – Is nominated by President-elect Barack Obama to be agriculture secretary.
January 21, 2009 – Is sworn in because the 30th secretary of the Division of Agriculture after a unanimous US Senate affirmation.
July 19, 2010 – Requires the resignation of USDA official Shirley Sherrod after an excerpted video clip of Sherrod is posted on-line, through which Sherrod discusses an incident involving a white farmer. Vilsack contends that he made the choice with out conferring with the White Home.
July 21, 2010 – Vilsack apologizes to Sherrod after video of the complete speech reveals that her remarks from the clip have been taken out of context. Vilsack gives Sherrod one other job with the Division of Agriculture, which she later declines.
January 15, 2016 – President Obama names Vilsack his Cupboard-level level particular person to handle the issue of heroin and different opiate use in rural communities.
January 13, 2017 – Vilsack steps down as agriculture secretary one week early.
February 1, 2017 – Turns into the president and CEO of the US Dairy Export Council (USDEC).
April 10, 2017 – Colorado State College pronounces that Vilsack and his spouse, Christie Vilsack, will be part of the college as advisers.
February 10, 2020 – Vilsack comes ahead to assert the $150,000 Powerball prize he gained on January 22 within the Iowa Lottery.