Department of Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns, right, has stepped up to the plate to take a federal government leadership role in addressing environmental justice. The Department of Agriculture is a sponsor of The State of Environmental Justice in America 2007 Conference.
Secretary Johanns was nominated to replace outgoing Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman on Dec 2 2004 and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Jan 20, 2005. Secretary Johanns is a former governor of Nebraska and former mayor of Lincoln. He is a lawyer, married to Stephanie Johanns, a former Lancaster County Commissioner and Nebraska State Senator. They have two children.