Governor Terry Branstad was born, raised and educated in Iowa. A native of Leland, Branstad was elected to the Iowa House in 1972, ’74 and ’76, and elected as Iowa’s lieutenant governor in 1978.
Branstad was Iowa’s longest-serving governor from 1983 to 1999. As the state’s chief executive, he weathered some of Iowa’s worst economic turmoil, the farm crisis of the ‘80s, while helping lead the state’s resurgence to a booming economy in the ‘90s.
Following his four terms as governor, Branstad went on to serve as President of Des Moines University. During his 6-year tenure, he was able to grow the university into a world-class educational facility. Its graduates offer health care in all 50 states and in nearly every Iowa county. While there, he grew enrollment, increased the endowment and integrated new
In October of 2009, Branstad retired from DMU to explore running for governor in 2010. He launched his campaign in January, and in June he won the Republican primary and named State Senator Kim Reynolds as his running mate.
This team traveled to each of Iowa’s 99 counties, sharing their commitment to the creation of 200,000 new jobs for Iowans, a 15 percent reduction in the cost of government, a 25 percent increase in family incomes, and a renewal of national excellence of Iowa’s schools. As a result, they were elected as Iowa’s governor and lieutenant governor on November 2, 2010 and were sworn into office on January 14, 2011.
He and his wife Chris have three grown children: Eric (Adrianne), Allison (Jerry Costa) and Marcus (Nicole), and six grandchildren, Mackenzie, Bridget, Sofia, Alexis, Estelle and Everett.
Lieutenant Governor Kimberly (Strawn) Reynolds grew up in St. Charles, IA, located in Madison County, and was educated at the Interstate-35 school district in Truro, graduating in 1977. She attended Northwest Missouri State University, where she majored in Business Administration & Marketing. She also earned education credits from Southeastern Community College and Southwestern Community College.
On April 3, 1982, she married Kevin Reynolds, and the couple lived in the Iowa communities of Oakland and Mount Pleasant, where she worked as a pharmacist assistant before moving to Osceola in 1990.
Reynolds began work as a motor vehicle clerk in the Clarke County Treasurer’s Office, and was elected Clarke County Treasurer in 1994. In 2000, she served as President of the Iowa State Treasurers Association. Reynolds continued her statewide leadership through her work on a three-person policy team that was instrumental in the implementation of the Iowa State County Treasurers Association website, using a self-funded model that offered online service at no or minimal cost to all Iowa counties. In 2004, Reynolds received the Victor Martinelli “Outstanding County Treasurer in the United States” award.
She successfully ran for re-election as Clarke County Treasurer in 1998, 2002 and 2006.
Reynolds served as Clarke County Treasurer until she was elected to the Iowa Senate in 2008, representing Adams, Clarke, Decatur, Montgomery, Ringgold, Taylor and Union counties. She was the ranking member on the Local Government Committee and served on the Economic Growth, Environment & Energy Independence, Rebuild Iowa, and Transportation committees, as well as the Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee.
On June 24, 2010, Reynolds was named former Governor Terry Branstad’s running mate, and on November 2, she was elected lieutenant governor of the State of Iowa.
She and her husband have three grown daughters and six grandchildren.
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