President Bush Picks Gov. Johanns as Ag Secretary

From a farm house in Iowa, to the White House in Washington D.C. That could be the future for Nebraska Governor Mike Johanns.

Thursday, President Bush nominated the Governor as Secretary of Agriculture to oversee the nation's farm and food programs. If confirmed by the Senate, Johanns would succeed Ann Veneman, who recently announced her resignation. Thursday's announcement was a huge surprise to just about everyone. Some Republicans say it has definitely turned Nebraska politics upside down.

As Governor, Mike Johanns led a delegation of Nebraska's farm and business leaders on trade missions to Japan, Taiwan, China, Singapore and a half dozen other countries. And with the recent case of mad cow disease, he's taken a lead role in convincing other countries that U.S. beef is safe.

Johanns was born in Iowa and raised on a dairy farm. He earned his law degree from Creighton. It was in Lincoln he got into politics. First a Lancaster County Commissioner and then later became the Mayor of Lincoln from 1991 to 1999. He was then elected Governor and re-elected in 2002. He says he's now ready to lead the nation in ag policies.