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Michael Owen Johanns (born June 18, 1950) is an American Republican politician and is the current U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and a former Governor of Nebraska. He was the mayor of Lincoln, Nebraska from 1991 to 1998. He was elected governor in 1998 by defeating Democratic opponent Bill Hoppner by a margin of 54% to 46%. He won reelection in 2002 by a landslide, defeating Democrat Stormy Dean by a margin of 69% to 27%.
On December 2, 2004, Johanns was nominated by President George W. Bush to replace outgoing Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman. As a result, he scrapped plans to run against Democratic Senator Ben Nelson in 2006.
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