(Bismarck, ND) — Multiple news outlets are reporting that rumored candidate for Agriculture Secretary Heidi Heitkamp has been passed over. A spokeswoman for the former U.S. Senator from North Dakota said yesterday that Heitkamp congratulates former Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack for his expected nomination to retain his position. Many in the Democratic party argued that the position should be filled by someone from outside the Midwest. Vilsack is a former governor of Iowa.