Vilsack Confirms He's Not Running For Governor in 2014

By Rod Boshart, Reporter


By Richard Pratt

DES MOINES, Iowa – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will not be a candidate for public office in Iowa in 2014, his spokesman confirmed Wednesday.

Vilsack, who served as Iowa’s governor from 1999 to 2007, had been included on the list of Democrats possibly eyeing a gubernatorial bid next year, but Matt Paul said “he’s not going to be a candidate in 2014.”

“He’s proud of his record as governor, but is very happy serving in the president’s cabinet,” Paul said of Vilsack, who has been President Obama’s agriculture secretary since 2009.

“He’ll always be an Iowan,” Paul added, noting that Vilsack and his wife, Christie, recently bought a house outside of Des Moines. “So he’s very much committed to the state, but loves what he’s doing and looks forward to a new generation of Iowans stepping forward to lead.”

Vilsack has indicated his intention is to serve as U.S. agriculture secretary “as long as the president will have him.”

Among the Democrats mentioned as possible gubernatorial candidates in 2014 are state Sen. Jack Hatch, D-Des Moines, Rep. Tyler Olson, D-Cedar Rapids, who currently is the state chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party, and Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, D-Des Moines.

Republican Gov. Terry Brantad, who is serving his fifth term as Iowa governor, has not formally indicated whether he will seek re-election next year to an unprecedented sixth, four-year term, but he has been raising money and many of his close associates expect him to run against in 2014.

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