Michael Espy (1993–1994) - Secretary of Agriculture [cite this] ↑Bill Clinton Home Page Mike Espy served as President Clinton's first secretary of agriculture from 1993 to 1994. Prior to joining the Clinton administration, Espy served as a congressman from Mississippi (1987-1993).Espy was born in Yazoo City, Mississippi, in 1953, receiving his undergraduate degree from Howard University in 1975 and his law degree from the University of Santa Clara Law School in 1978. Espy worked from 1978 to 1980 as an attorney with Central Mississippi Legal Services and held several statewide legal positions: assistant secretary of state and chief of Mississippi Legal Services (1978-1980), assistant secretary of the Public Lands Division (1980-1984), and assistant state attorney general (1984-1986).Espy had resigned from the Clinton cabinet in 1994 under a cloud of charges that he had received favors from Tyson Foods, Inc. He was indicted in August 1997 on thirty-nine counts of corruption but was acquitted of all charges in December 1998. He currently works for the Mississippi law firm Butler Snow in its public finance and government affairs group. Bill Clinton Essays Life in Brief Life Before the Presidency Campaigns and Elections Domestic Affairs Foreign Affairs Life After the Presidency Family Life The American Franchise Impact and Legacy [ print all essays ] Bill Clinton Home Citation Information Consulting Editor Russell L. Riley Professor Riley is co-chair of the Presidential Oral History Program and project director of the William J. Clinton Presidential History Project. His writings include: The Presidency and the Politics of Racial Inequality: Nation-Keeping from 1831–1965 (Columbia University Press, 1999) American President has changed! Click here to take a short survey and tell us what you think!