NEBRASKA GOVERNOR NOMINATED FOR US SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE
Nebraska may be losing its governor, but the U.S. would be getting a new Secretary of
Agriculture. President Bush this morning nominated Nebraska Gov. Mike Johanns to serve in that post. If the Senate confirms Johanns, he will replace Ann Veneman, who recently announced her resignation.
The nomination of Johanns to head the U-S Agriculture Department is likely to draw a positive reaction from the Midwest.
He has Iowa ties too. He was born in the Hawkeye state. He grew up on a dairy farm near Osage, in North Central Iowa. Soon, if Johanns is confirmed, he will join President Bush's cabinet.
This morning, at the White House, the President formally announced his nomination.
President Bush said, "I am grateful to Mike and to Stephanie, his wife, for their willingness to come to Washington. I look forward to welcoming Mike to my cabinet."
Johanns said, "As Governor of Nebraska, I have devoted a substantial amount of my time to promoting rural economic development and ag issues, not only in our state, but across our country and overseas for the past four years. I want you to know it has truly been a privilege to work on these issues with Secretary Ann Veneman."
The President said Johanns is "an experienced public servant from America's agricultural heartland."
If Nebraska's governor is confirmed for the job of agriculture secretary, Lieutenant Governor David Heineman will become governor.