Colorado Governor Among Top Names Being Considered for Ag Secretary

Oct 26, 2016

Gov. John Hickenlooper
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Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is among the top names being considered for Agriculture Secretary in the event that Hillary Clinton wins the presidency.

As Politico reports, the beermaker and petroleum geologist turned governor is in the top five names on the list of potential candidates. The list also includes Blanche Lincoln, a former Arkansas senator; Kathleen Merrigan, the former deputy secretary of agriculture; Karen Ross, the current agriculture secretary of California; and Steve Beshear, the former governor of Kentucky. Sources warned that the list of candidates remains fluid two and a half weeks before the election. The list of names could change according to the makeup of the rest of the cabinet. Clinton has pledged that half of her cabinet will be women. Agriculture experts are predicting the position will go to Karen Ross. As head of California's Department of Food and Agriculture, Ross oversees the state with the biggest farming operation in the U.S.