WASHINGTON, April 27, 2012- USDA hosted an unveiling of the official portrait of Former Agriculture Secretary and North Dakota Governor Ed Schafer on Friday afternoon. Schafer served as the 29th Secretary of Agriculture during the final year of the George W. Bush administration and as governor from 1992 to 2000.
The artist, Brett James Smith, said he styled Schafer's portrait after his own nontraditional portrait of Theodore Roosevelt.
“I envisioned a portrait that conjures up the image of the rustic individualist qualities that both men possess,” Smith said.
The following photos are attributed to USDA photographer Bob Nichols: