Charles F. Conner

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Charles F. Conner
Charles F. Conner, official USDA photo portrait.jpg
United States Secretary of Agriculture
Acting
In office
September 20, 2007 – January 28, 2008
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Mike Johanns
Succeeded by Ed Schafer
United States Deputy Secretary of Agriculture
In office
May 2, 2005 – January 20, 2009
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Jim Moseley
Succeeded by Kathleen Merrigan
Personal details
Born Charles Franklin Conner
(1957-12-30) December 30, 1957 (age 59)
Lafayette, Indiana, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater Purdue University, West Lafayette (BS)

Charles Franklin "Chuck" Conner (born December 30, 1957) is a former United States Deputy Secretary of Agriculture.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] He is the current president of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, a position he has held since January 2009.

Career[edit]

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[edit]

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: Katie, Ben, Andrew, and Emily.

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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