Charles Franklin Conner

Charles Franklin "Chuck" Conner (born December 30, 1957) is a former United States Deputy Secretary of Agriculture.[1]

Charles Franklin Conner
United States Secretary of Agriculture
Acting
In office
September 20, 2007  January 28, 2008
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byMike Johanns
Succeeded byEd Schafer
10th United States Deputy Secretary of Agriculture
In office
May 2, 2005  January 20, 2009
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byJim Moseley
Succeeded byKathleen Merrigan
Personal details
Born
Charles Franklin Conner

(1957-12-30) December 30, 1957
Lafayette, Indiana, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Alma materPurdue University (BS)

He was sworn in on May 2, 2005, by Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns. After Johanns resigned on September 20, 2007, Conner was named acting secretary. He served as Acting Secretary of Agriculture until President Bush's nominee, former North Dakota Governor Ed Schafer was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on January 28, 2008.[2] He is the current president of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, a position he has held since January 2009.

Career

Prior to his tenure at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Conner served on the National Economic Council beginning in November 2001 as a Special Assistant to the President for Agricultural Trade and Food Assistance, focusing primarily on Farm Bill issues.

From 1997 to 2001, Conner was President of the Corn Refiners Association, Inc., a national trade association representing the corn refining industry. From 1985 to 1997, Conner worked in various staff positions with the United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, including serving as both the Majority Staff Director (1995–1997) and the Minority Staff Director (1987–1995). Prior to joining the Committee, Conner worked as an Agricultural Legislative Assistant to Senator Richard Lugar.

Personal life

Conner grew up on a family farm in Benton County, Indiana, which remains in the family and is operated by his older brother, Mike. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University in 1980. He is married and has four children.

References

Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Moseley
United States Deputy Secretary of Agriculture
2005–2009
Succeeded by
Kathleen Merrigan
Preceded by
Mike Johanns
United States Secretary of Agriculture
Acting

2007–2008
Succeeded by
Ed Schafer
This article is issued from Wikipedia. The text is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution - Sharealike. Additional terms may apply for the media files.