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Vilsack not running for Iowa governor or senator

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack confirmed today that he does not intend to run for governor of Iowa or for the U.S. Senate.

Asked about a report in the Des Moines Register that he would not run for the governorship he previously held, Vilsack confirmed he would not run for governor and noted he is also not running for the Senate.

Vilsack said he is focused on his job as secretary.

“You can’t look forward by looking backwards,” he said, adding that Iowa needs “a new generation” of officeholders.

Vilsack did not rule out running for elective office in the future.