WASHINGTON — Dan Glickman was handily confirmed Thursday as secretary of agriculture and pledged to get to work immediately on the 1995 farm bill.
The Kansas Democrat and 18-year veteran of the House Agriculture Committee promised to represent "all of America" and said he would be an advocate for farmers and ranchers.
"The future of American agriculture is being debated right now, and I intend to be very active in that debate," said Glickman, 50, after the 94-0 Senate vote to confirm him. He was sworn in by Deputy Secretary Richard Rominger, who has been running the department since Jan. 1.
Glickman replaces Mike Espy, who resigned last year because of favors he received from companies doing business with the department. Though nominated Dec. 28, Glickman had to wait for an exhaustive background check.