Tom Vilsack

official photo of Tom Vilsack, 2009, by Bob Nichols

Place of Birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 13, 1950

Ethnicity: publicly unknown

Tom Vilsack is an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as Mayor of Mount Pleasant, Iowa, from 1987 to 1992, the 40th Governor of Iowa, from January 15, 1999 to January 12, 2007, and the 30th United States Secretary of Agriculture, from January 20, 2009 to January 13, 2017.

He was a candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 2008.

Tom was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and was adopted by Dorothy R. “Dolly” (Mohn) and William Johnston “Bud” Vilsack. His full name is Thomas James Vilsack. William was the son of Carl Gregory Vilsack and Mary Alice Johnston. Dorothy was the daughter of Earl John Mohn and Dorothy Mae Cooke.

Bud Vilsack’s grandfather was Leopold Vilsack, a famous brewer and banker. Leopold and his wife, Dorothea/Dorothy A. Blank, were also the great-great-grandparents of singer Katy Perry. This means that Tom and Katy are second cousins, once removed.

The surname Vilsack is German.

Not much appears to be publicly available about Tom’s biological parents.

Tom was raised in a Catholic household. He is married to literacy advocate and politician Christie Vilsack, with whom he has two children.

Source: Genealogy of Tom Vilsack –

1 Response

  1. andrew says:

    He was adopted. They are not cousins.

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