Stephen Censky

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Stephen Censky
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United States Deputy Secretary of Agriculture
Assumed office
October 11, 2017[1]
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byKrysta Harden
Personal details
Stephen Lee Censky

(1961-02-26) February 26, 1961 (age 58)
Jackson, Minnesota
Political partyRepublican
EducationSouth Dakota State University (BS)

Stephen Lee Censky (born February 26, 1961)[2] is an American businessman and government official who currently serves as the United States Deputy Secretary of Agriculture.

Early life and education[edit]

Censky was raised on a soybean and corn farm near Jackson, Minnesota and received a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture from South Dakota State University.[3] He won the Truman Scholarship while at South Dakota State University in 1980, the first winner in the school's history. He later went on to earn a postgraduate diploma in agriculture science from the University of Melbourne.[3]


Censky served as a legislative assistant to United States Senator James Abdnor before holding several appointments in the United States Department of Agriculture, eventually rising to become Administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service.[3] He went on to serve as chief executive officer of the American Soybean Association, a position he held for 21 years.[4] In 2017, he was nominated to the office of United States Deputy Secretary of Agriculture.[4] He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 3, 2017, by voice vote and was sworn in on October 11, 2017.

Personal life[edit]

Censky is married and has two daughters.[3]


  1. ^ This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
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  3. ^ a b c d "President Donald J. Trump Announces Key Additions to his Administration". White House. U.S. Government. Archived from the original on August 2, 2017. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "USDA Deputy Secretary Nomination". WHO-TV. July 17, 2017. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
Political offices
Preceded by
Krysta Harden
United States Deputy Secretary of Agriculture