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Tom Vilsack

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The Resume

    (December 13, 1950- )
    Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Secretary of Agriculture for President Barack Obama
    Democratic Governor of Iowa (1999-2007)

Why he might be annoying:

    He ran for mayor of Mount Pleasant, Iowa after the previous mayor was murdered.
    He announced he was running for President in 2006; his campaign was over less than 3 months later.
    Critics cite his lack of charisma, sense of humor and personality for his failed campaign.
    He co-chaired Hillary Clinton's failed Presidential campaign (2008).
    The Organic Consumer Association strongly opposed his Secretary of Agriculture nomination.
    They complained of his ties to 'big agribusiness.'
    He immediately fired USDA employee Shirley Sherrod after a heavily edited video appearing on a conservative website painted her as being racist (July 20, 2010).

Why he might not be annoying:

    He was abandoned by his birth parents and placed in a Catholic orphanage.
    He earned his law degree from Albany Law School.
    He was the first Democrat to be elected Governor of Iowa in thirty years (1998).
    As Iowa Governor, he oversaw improvements to the state's health care coverage.
    He was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate.
    He sported a Winnie The Pooh costume in an effort to promote child literacy.
    He accepted full responsibility for improperly firing Shirley Sherrod and publicly apologized to her (July 22, 2010).

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Featured in the following Annoying Collections:

Year In Review:

    For 2024, as of last weekly ranking, Out of 21 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2023, Out of 313 Votes: 69.33% Annoying
    In 2022, Out of 798 Votes: 53.76% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 83 Votes: 60.24% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 160 Votes: 53.75% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 493 Votes: 48.88% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 450 Votes: 53.56% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 543 Votes: 64.46% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 114 Votes: 59.65% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 286 Votes: 67.13% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 217 Votes: 50.69% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 1327 Votes: 65.64% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 572 Votes: 65.21% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 65 Votes: 53.85% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 462 Votes: 40.48% Annoying