Iowa Democratic Party Chair Mark Smith released the following statement in response to President-Elect Joe Biden’s nomination of Tom Vilsack to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

“Governor Vilsack is a proven public servant whose empathy, compassion, and decades of knowledge are near-unparalleled. More than anything, Americans need steady, united leadership as we face the greatest challenges in a generation. Governor Vilsack’s experience in the role will bring immediate relief to our beleaguered farmers, workers, and families across the country who have been left behind.

“Governor Vilsack understands the needs of farmers and rural communities. Working in the state legislature, I saw firsthand Governor Vilsack’s results-driven commitment to serving the people, and I’m proud to have been a part of that work to grow our state by creating opportunities for all Iowans to succeed.

“I applaud President-Elect Biden’s nomination of Governor Vilsack and I look forward to a swift confirmation process so that American families can start to get the help they need to build back better.”