Former Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns tapped by tax consultant for his Washington experience

Mike Johanns has a new role he said will help him bring economic opportunity to rural America.

The former U.S. secretary of agriculture, governor of Nebraska and U.S. senator from Nebraska is working with a Houston tax consultant firm that makes money connecting its clients with federal tax incentives and credits.

Johanns will help the firm, Alliantgroup, expand a practice focused on agribusiness tax credits.

As chairman of agriculture for Alliantgroup, Johanns will provide insight on the inner workings of Washington, and will evaluate the impact of policy changes on businesses, the firm said.

Johanns said he wants to help the agriculture industry grow and be competitive in the global market.

“I look forward to helping Alliantgroup educate companies on the powerful business incentives available for their benefit,” he said.

Johanns was Nebraska’s governor from 1999 to 2005 and U.S. ag secretary from 2005 to 2007. He then served Nebraska as U.S. senator from 2009 to 2015.

Johanns currently serves on the boards of directors for equipment manufacturer Deere & Co. and food processor OSI Group, and on the board of managers for Omaha investment management firm Burlington Capital.

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JohannsMike Johanns was the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture from 2005-2007 as well as the Governor of Nebraska from 1999-2005 and the state’s U.S. Senator from 2009-2015. As alliantgroup’s Chairman of Agriculture, Johanns brings more than 30 years of experience at virtually every level of government and a strong background in both agriculture and economic development. As the Secretary of Agriculture, he managed 18 different agencies, opened or expanded access to 40 international markets and was responsible for multiple agricultural breakthroughs as a negotiator for the Doha Development Round.