Ag Policy Blog
Jerry Hagstrom DTN Political Correspondent

Thursday 11/08/12

Cabinet Speculation

Current members of the Cabinet have not said whether they will serve in a second term, but the National Journal has reported that if Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack were to leave, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D., might be a candidate to succeed him.

No member of the Cabinet important to rural America has announced plans, but Cabinet members serve at the pleasure of the president and therefore do not say whether they want to stay on or not.

National Journal said Conrad also could be a candidate to direct the Office of Management and Budget, and that if Energy Secretary Stephen Chu leaves, former Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., might be a candidate for that post.

If Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson leaves, the speculation is that Bob Perciasepe, the agency's deputy administrator and chief operating officer, might move up. Other candidates are Heather Zichal, the White House's top aide on energy and climate, and Bradley Campbell, a former New Jersey commissioner of environmental protection.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is expected to remain in his position

Posted at 10:52AM CST 11/08/12 by Jerry Hagstrom
Post a Blog Comment:
Your Comment:
DTN reserves the right to delete comments posted to any of our blogs and forums, for reasons including profanity, libel, irrelevant personal attacks and advertisements.
Blog Home Pages
September  2014
S M T W T F S
   1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30            
Subscribe to Ag Policy Blog RSS
Recent Blog Posts
  • Senate Committee Passes Railroad Regulatory Bill
  • U.S. Shanghaied in Smithfield Deal?
  • Route 66: The End of the Trail
  • House Votes to Block EPA WOTUS Rule
  • Vilsack on Easements, Rail and Livestock Aid
  • Base Acre Decisions Are Key to New Farm Bill
  • House Likely to Block EPA's WOTUS Rule
  • Clarifying Some SCO Issues
  • Senators Want GIPA Policy Limits Removed
  • EPA Water Rule Starts in the Ephemeral Streams
  • Looking at Base Acre Decisions Facing Farmers
  • Report: U.S. Lost WTO Ruling
  • NFU Leaders Want to Walk Away from Beef Talks
  • RMA Readying Details on Spring Crops and SCO
  • USDA Readies STAX for 2015
  • 2014 Corn Crop Could Gut Farm Bill Savings
  • House Ag Leaders Push Vilsack on Grain Inspectors
  • Roberts Wins in Kansas; Right to Farm Appears to Win in Missouri
  • Conservation Program, Cover-Crop Research Advance
  • Farmers Urged to Give Lawmakers Earful on CWA, Immigration