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Agriculture secretary challenges Albany Law graduates

Thomas J. Vilsack, Class of 1975, Secretary of Agriculture  and former governor of Iowa, receives a standing ovation after his Commencement address at the 163rd Albany Law School graduation at Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Thomas J. Vilsack, Class of 1975, Secretary of Agriculture and former governor of Iowa, receives a standing ovation after his Commencement address at the 163rd Albany Law School graduation at Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
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Before Tom Vilsack was named the nation’s 30th secretary of agriculture, before he headed the fifth-largest federal department, before he ran for president and served as a governor, state senator and mayor, before all of that, he desperately wanted to get into law school. He had eight rejection letters. A University of Iowa interviewer told him there were other career paths out there, things to pursue other than the law. Then his ninth and last ...

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