Johanns nominated to lead Ag Department
Born and raised on an Iowa dairy farm, Johanns became a lawyer and served in county and city government before becoming mayor of Lincoln, NE, in 1991. A former Democrat, he won the governor's office in 1998 and in 2002 became the first Republican to win re-election in more than 40 years. One of Johanns' first tasks will be to resolve a growing beef dispute with Canada. New US rules on the beef trade are currently under review. President Bush, in a December visit to Canada, said he wants the US to act as soon as possible. The cattle trade between the two neighbors screeched to a halt in 2003 over issues surrounding mad cow disease.