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Father: Bud Vilsack
Mother: Dolly Vilsack
Marriage: Christie (Bell) Vilsack (1973-present)
Children: Jess and Doug
Education: Hamilton College, B.A., 1972; Albany Law School J.D., 1975
Adopted as an infant from an orphanage by Bud and Dolly Vilsack.
Ran for mayor of Mount Pleasant, Iowa, after his predecessor was shot and killed at a city council meeting.
1975-1998 – Practices law.
1987-1992 – Mayor of Mount Pleasant, Iowa.
1992 – Elected to the Iowa Senate.
1994 – Wins reelection to the Iowa Senate.
January 15, 1999-January 12, 2007 – Governor of Iowa.
2004 – Chair of the Democratic Governors’ Association.
November 9, 2006 – Vilsack files a statement of candidacy to run for the White House in 2008, becoming the first prominent Democrat to do so.
February 23, 2007 – Drops out of the 2008 presidential race.
April 2007 – Joins Minneapolis-based international law firm Dorsey and Whitney as a managing partner.
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