[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/12/17/transition.wrap/art.cabinet.gi.jpg caption="Barack Obama has picked Tom Vilsack, left, and Ken Salazar for Cabinet posts."]CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama on Wednesday announced former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack as his choice for agriculture secretary and Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar as his choice for secretary of the interior.
"Together they will serve as guardians of the American landscape on which the health of our economy and the well-being of our families so heavily depend," Obama said at a news conference in Chicago.
Vilsack was a high-profile supporter of Sen. Hillary Clinton during the presidential primaries after he briefly sought the Democratic presidential nomination.
Vilsack has championed the development of ethanol, an alternative energy, in Iowa - something that coincides with Obama's vision for an energy-independent future, and something he can promote from the Department of Agriculture.