Sam Clovis is a well-known name in Iowa, especially in western parts of the state. Clovis has been many things during his life – an F-16 fighter pilot, a defense contractor, a conservative radio host in Sioux City - and then last year, chief policy advisor and national co-chair of the Trump-Pence campaign.
Now he is the White House representative at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in charge of coordinating White House and USDA policy and staffing under President Trump.
Last month, Trump nominated Clovis to be the USDA's undersecretary for research, education and economics, the department's top scientific post. The posting requires Senate confirmation.
On this River to River segment, host Ben Kieffer spends a few minutes getting to know more about Clovis and his background with Jeff Taylor, professor of political science at Dordt College, and Iowa Public Radio agriculture reporter Amy Mayer.