Chet Culver

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Chet Culver
41st Governor of Iowa
In office
January 12, 2007 – January 14, 2011
LieutenantPatty Judge
Preceded byTom Vilsack
Succeeded byTerry Branstad
29th Iowa Secretary of State
In office
GovernorTom Vilsack
Preceded byPaul Pate
Succeeded byMichael A. Mauro
Personal details
Born (1966-01-25) January 25, 1966 (age 58)
Washington, D.C.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Mariclare Culver
ResidenceWest Des Moines, Iowa
Alma materVirginia Polytechnic Institute, Drake University

Chester John "Chet" Culver (born January 25, 1966) is the former Governor of Iowa.

Culver was born in Washington, D.C.. His father, John Culver, was a United States Senator. Before entering politics, Culver was a teacher.

In 1998, Culver won election to be the Iowa Secretary of State. He was reelected in 2002. After Governor Tom Vilsack said he would not run for Governor in 2006, Culver became a Democratic candidate for Governor. In November 2006, he defeated his Republican opponent, Jim Nussle, and in January he became Governor of Iowa. He lost to Terry Branstad in the 2010 election.

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