Branstad era ends, Reynolds to be Iowa's 1st female governor

Branstad confirmed as ambassador, Reynolds to become governor

10 a.m.: Gov. Terry Branstad will resign as governor and immediately be sworn in as U.S. ambassador to the People's Republic of China by Judge Steven Colloton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit in the governor's formal office at the Iowa Capitol Building.

This process includes the swearing in of Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, the replacement for Gov. Branstad.

"You're the right person for the right time serving for the right reasons", Reynolds told Branstad in promising a smooth transition to the Iowa Statehouse.

Li Zhao, president of China operations for the China Iowa Group, said she traveled with Branstad to China in 2013, and witnessed how he worked on promoting Iowa businesses to China. She has fought to prevent taxpayer dollars from being used to fund the abortion industry, promoted the multitude of women's health services in counties across Iowa, and helped shepherd crucial pro-life bills like the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act through the Iowa legislature.

"She stuck to her guns and believed in what she believed in and she took a seat at the table and she took charge and that was really impressive to me to see that", Reynolds said. Reynolds is expected to bring in her own staff, though she has not yet revealed any names.

Reynolds also spoke of growing up in St. Charles, a small town in south central Iowa with roughly 650 people, and working as a checkout clerk at Hy-Vee. She and her husband Kevin raised their three daughters in Osceola. "That's not how it should be", Reynolds said. I wanted to have a seat at the table. "So that's what I want to do on my last day as governor".

In addition to celebrating her ascension to the governor's office after more than six years as lieutenant governor, the inaugural celebration fundraiser will signal the state GOP's support for Reynolds, Chairman Jeff Kaufmann said Monday. Reynolds, though, intends to be the chief cheerleader for her priority issues.

"I'm realistic", he said. "Gov. Reynolds is also keenly aware of the leadership role Iowa plays in producing and selling soybeans and how soybean farmers are demonstrating efficient production with improved conservation and water quality practices".

Making the state's tax code simpler, more fair and more competitive.

"Iowans should know we are ready to get to work and we are ready to continue delivering meaningful results for Iowans", Reynolds said. "We have different perspectives as we all try to wade through how to make it simpler and flatter and fairer". He and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds were re-elected in 2014. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, congratulated both Branstad and Reynolds on their career moves. "But sometimes we're called to serve in ways that we never imagined". "Having worked with her on trade missions overseas and on biofuels issues at home, she has shown herself to be a natural-born leader in her own right".

"We can not understate the importance of maintaining a good trading relationship with China, along with all of our top exporting countries, and having Gov. Branstad in place will help ensure that agricultural trade remains a top priority between our two countries", Moore said. "I'm not afraid to ask because I believe in what I'm doing and I'm excited to keep doing it".


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