Veneman nominated for U.S. ag secretary

by Emily Wilson
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President-elect George W. Bush on Dec. 20 announced he will nominate Ann Veneman as the nation's 27th Secretary of Agriculture. If confirmed, Veneman will succeed Dan Glickman as head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and will be the first woman named to that post.

Veneman is a partner with a law firm, where she specializes in food, agriculture, environment, technology, and trade-related issues. She formerly was Deputy Secretary of Agriculture and recently was director of the California Department of Agriculture and Food.

"Agriculture is not only an important part of our economy, but an important part of our international policy as well," said President-elect Bush. "She's (Veneman) an accomplished attorney. She's bright. She's capable. And she will do an outstanding job."