|The American Presidency Project|
|• Barack Obama|
|Press Release: President-Elect Obama Announces Choices for Interior and Agriculture Posts|
|December 17, 2008|
|CHICAGO—Today, President-elect Barack Obama announced that he intends to nominate former Governor Tom Vilsack as Secretary of Agriculture and Senator Ken Salazar as Secretary of the Interior.
President-elect Obama said, "It's time for a new kind of leadership in Washington that's committed to using our lands in a responsible way to benefit all our families. That means ensuring that even as we are promoting development where it makes sense, we are also fulfilling our obligation to protect our national treasures. It means ensuring that we are using our farmlands not only to strengthen our agricultural economy, but to grow advanced biofuels that will help make the United States energy independent and create jobs. That is the kind of leadership embodied by Ken Salazar and Tom Vilsack, and I look forward to working with them in the years ahead."
The following announcements were made today:
Governor Tom Vilsack, Nominee for Secretary of Agriculture
Senator Ken Salazar, Nominee for Secretary of the Interior
|Citation: Barack Obama: "Press Release: President-Elect Obama Announces Choices for Interior and Agriculture Posts", December 17, 2008. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=85083.|
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