President-elect Barack Obama tapped former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack as Secretary of Agriculture.
Last month U.S. News and World Report drew up a list of potential picks for each slot, and Charles Stenholm made the short list, along with Vilsack and others for the Department of Agriculture.
If confirmed by the Senate, Vilsack will head a federal department that oversees food safety and farm subsidies.
Vilsack is a political moderate who made a brief White House run before endorsing New York Senator Hillary Clinton for president this year.
Among other things, Vilsack said the Agriculture Department will be involved in helping to combat global climate change.