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Letter to Congress supporting the nomination of Tom Vilsack as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

January 12, 2009

Dear Senator:

On behalf of the National Education Association’s (NEA) 3.2 million members, we are pleased to support the nomination of The Honorable Tom Vilsack as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. 

Tom Vilsack has long been an advocate for children and families.  He understands the critical link between nutrition and learning and that access to an adequate and healthy diet is an essential factor in academic achievement.  We are pleased that he has called for putting “nutrition at the center of all food assistance programs.”

Tom Vilsack has worked closely with our affiliate, the Iowa State Teachers Association (ISTA) in promoting a positive agenda in support of children and families.  He is a strong leader who will be able to bring together diverse interests in collaborative efforts.  We urge your support for his nomination as Secretary of Agriculture.

Thank you.



Dennis Van Roekel