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Tom Vilsack

Tom Vilsack (born December 13, 1950), and elected 39th Governor of the U.S. State of Iowa in 1998.

The Vilsack Administration was involved with increasing the number of children covered by health insurance[?] by 300%. He also created a statewide drug-purchasing organization, to lower and reduce the price of prescription drugs for the elderly.

Vilsack also secured 1 million dollars from the federal government for a 17-county task force whose goal is to eliminate methamphetamine production. His budget also provided for the construction of a new $50 million state crime lab.

A previous mayor of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa[?] (pop. 8,751), Vilsack was elected to the Iowa State Senate[?] in 1992. As a State Senator, Vilsack worked to require companies who received state tax incentives to provide better pay and benefits. He also helped pass a law which allowed workers to receive their health coverage when changing jobs, and helped redesign the state's Workforce Development Department. In addition, he wrote a bill which required the state to pay for 50% of county mental health costs.

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