Former governor and USDA Secretary Ed Schafer’s official portrait was unveiled Friday at USDA headquarters during a ceremony honoring Schafer’s service to the nation. The North Dakotan was the 29th U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, serving during the final year of the George W. Bush administration. He also served as the governor of North Dakota between 1992 and 2000.
During the ceremony, Schafer was introduced by former NOrth Dakota First Lady Nancy Schafer, and current Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack gave remarks. Former colleagues at the agency, including former Acting and Deputy Secretary Chuck Conner, provided tributes to the former secretary and governor.
North Dakota Senator John Hoeven and Representative Rick Berg congratulated former Secretary Schafer on his honors.
“Ed Schafer served both North Dakota and the country with his trademark energy and enthusiasm,” Hoeven said. “This portrait will memorialize his dedication and service to our state and nation. We are all very proud of this native son of North Dakota.”
“It is a pleasure to be here today as we honor a good friend of mine,” Berg said of Secretary Schafer at today’s unveiling. “When Ed took over as Ag Secretary in 2008, he became just the third North Dakotan to serve in a Presidential Cabinet. As Secretary, he applied the same principles and leadership style that worked so well when he was Governor of North Dakota. He will forever be remembered in North Dakota for his tenure as governor, the prosperity it brought, and his down-home ‘just call me Ed’ style. Today he will be forever honored and remembered for his service as our country’s 29th Secretary of Agriculture.”
After addressing those in attendance Schafer duct tapped a photograph of him and his wife Nancy to the back of the portrait so, as in life, they will always be together as a team.
Source: Offices of Senator Hoeven and Rep. Berg