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The Transition: Ag, HUD picks will be at forefront of equality debates

President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge to run the Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as Tom Vilsack to lead the Agriculture Department.
President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge to run the Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as Tom Vilsack to lead the Agriculture Department. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

President-elect Joe Biden’s picks to head the Agriculture Department and HUD follow a fairly familiar pattern: a former farm-state governor for Ag and a former mayor for HUD. But supporters expect his administration to aggressively address equality issues in a hyper-partisan environment, and Ag and HUD are two departments at the forefront.

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