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Murano Joins Ag Secretary Fray

Elsa Murano, former president of Texas A&M University, is joining the race for U.S. Agriculture Secretary, according to the Austin-American Statesman.

Murano, who served as president of Texas A&M for 1 year, is reportedly being considered by President-elect Donald Trump for the role. Murano is scheduled to meet with the President-elect, next week.

In addition to her tenure as the university's president, Murano also served U.S. Undersecretary for Food Safety with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, under President George W. Bush. Murano served in that role from 2001 until 2004.

Murano assumed the role of president of Texas A&M in January of 2008. As president, Murano made history as the first Hispanic to lead the university. Murano was also the youngest president of the university.

If under consideration, Murano will be joining a fiercely heated appointment process, which also reportedly includes two other Texans. Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller and former Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Susan Combs are both reportedly under consideration for the role in Trump's administration.

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