Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will soon say goodbye to USDA. It’s the end of the line for Secretary Vilsack who, in less than a month will, along with the Obama administration, exit Washington, DC as the incoming Trump administration takes over. Following the election in November, Vilsack reflected on his eight years of leadership at USDA.
“I think we can make the case that it’s been an interesting, historic, record-breaking eight years, and I’m in the process of finalizing a little memo that I will provide to my successor,” he said. “It starts with making sure that he or she understands what incredible opportunity they’re going to have.”
Vilsack hinted last week he could be seeking more work in agriculture policy after his time at USDA closes next month, but immediately following the election, Vilsack said whatever the next step may be, it will include a commitment to family.
Thirty years I’ve been engaged in public service in one form or another, for the most part of thirty years. And when you do that, you do sacrifice a lot of time, so I think the next phase of life could include agriculture, could include advocacy, if you will for the people I love and care about, but it will also include a commitment to family.”
Vilsack is the longest-serving member of President Barack Obama’s cabinet, serving in all eight years of Obama’s time in the White House.