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Tom Vilsack to Take Over as Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Chair; Penny Pritzker Comments

Tom Vilsack
Tom Vilsack

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has been appointed to succeed Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker as the next chair of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council.

The White House announced the rotation after the council made progress in responding to the Deepwater Horizon spill since it was founded in July 2012, the Commerce Department said Tuesday.

“I am proud of our collective accomplishments during my tenure as the council’s chairperson and I look forward to continuing to work with Secretary Vilsack as he assumes this role,” said Pritzker.

The council will focus on the development of a new comprehensive plan and schedule funding for new projects.

The council works to develop and implement a comprehensive plan in an effort to help restore the ecosystems and economies of the Gulf Coast states.

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