Thomas Vilsack ’75 spoke at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night as the U.S. Agriculture Secretary, voicing his support for President Obama’s work with the rural regions of the United States and particularly farmers.
“You know, rural Americans are a special people,” said Vilsack, the former two-term governor of Iowa. “Their labor puts food on our table and fuel in our gas tanks. . . . President Obama's fight for rural America is personal. He was raised by a single mom and grandparents from Kansas. He hails from a farming state, Illinois.”
To read his entire speech, go here.
Vilsack has visited campus several times over the past few years. The Albany Law rugby player received the school's Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007 and is remembered by his study-group classmates as a steady, calm student who handled the stress of school easily.
Before his appointment as Secretary of Agriculture, he co-chaired Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, headed a national task force to examine the science, economics and politics of global warming, and worked for the law firm Dorsey & Whitney.