|United States Ambassador to China
May 24, 2017
|Succeeding||David Rank (Acting)|
|39th & 42nd Governor of Iowa|
January 14, 2011
|Preceded by||Chet Culver|
|Succeeded by||Kim Reynolds (Designate)|
January 14, 1983 – January 15, 1999
Jo Ann Zimmerman
|Preceded by||Robert Ray|
|Succeeded by||Tom Vilsack|
|Chair of the National Governors Association|
August 1, 1989 – July 31, 1990
|Preceded by||Gerald Baliles|
|Succeeded by||Booth Gardner|
|41st Lieutenant Governor of Iowa|
January 12, 1979 – January 14, 1983
|Preceded by||Arthur Neu|
|Succeeded by||Robert Anderson|
|Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 8th district
January 8, 1973 – January 7, 1979
|Preceded by||Del Stromer|
|Succeeded by||Clifford Branstad|
|Born||Terry Edward Branstad
November 17, 1946
Leland, Iowa, U.S.
|Education||University of Iowa (BA)
Drake University (JD)
|Service/branch||Template:Country data United States Army|
|Years of service||1969–1971|
|Unit||503rd Military Police Battalion|
|Awards||Army Commendation Medal|
Terry Edward Branstad (born November 17, 1946) is an American politician. He is the 42nd and current Governor of Iowa since in January 14, 2011. He is the designate United States Ambassador to China, taking office on May 24, 2017. Branstad was the 39th governor of Iowa from 1983 to 1999 and President of Des Moines University from 2003 to 2009. He is a member of the Republican Party and is the longest-serving governor in Iowa or American history.
In 2010, he won a three-way primary election to run as the Republican candidate for governor. He ran against incumbent Governor Chet Culver, a Democrat, and four third party candidates in the November 2, 2010 general election. He won the general election in November, defeating Culver by 52.9% to 43.1%.
In December 2016, Branstad was nominated by President-elect of the United States Donald Trump to become the United States Ambassador to China. Branstad was confirmed by the Senate on May 22, 2017, and will be succeeded as Governor of Iowa by Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds once he resigns to take up the ambassadorship.
Early life[change | change source]
Branstad's family were Norwegian-American Lutheran farmers who lived in Leland, Iowa. Branstad graduated from the University of Iowa and earned a law degree from Drake University Law School. He served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1971 and earned the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service. In 1989, he was named an honorary member of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity at Iowa State University.
Governor of Iowa (1983–1999)[change | change source]
When he became governor at age 36, Branstad was the youngest governor in Iowa's history and when he left office, he was Iowa's longest-serving governor. He served as chair of the National Governors Association during 1989–1990, and was chair of the Midwestern Governors Association. In 1997, he chaired the Education Commission of the States, the Republican Governors Association, and the Governors' Ethanol Coalition.
Post-gubernatorial career[change | change source]
After Branstad's term as governor ended in 1999, he founded Branstad and Associates, LLC and was also a partner in the firm of Kaufman, Pattee, Branstad & Miller, and a financial advisor for Robert W. Baird and Co.
In 2001, Branstad was appointed by President George W. Bush to chair the President's Commission for Excellence in Special Education. This group's goal was to make a plan to improve the educational performance of students with disabilities. After finishing that work with the commission in 2003, he was asked to serve as a member of the National Advisory Council for Positive Action for Teen Health, or PATH. The Council's goal is to detect adolescent mental illness.
Branstad is or was on the boards of the Conmed Health Management Inc, American Future Fund, Iowa Health System, Liberty Bank, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and Living History Farms.
2010 Gubernatorial campaign and election[change | change source]
On August 2, 2009, the Des Moines Register reported that Branstad might run for the Republican nomination for governor. On October 7, 2009, Branstad filed papers to run for governor in the 2010 election. According to a poll taken in September 2009 by The Des Moines Register, he had a 70% positive rating from Iowans compared to Governor Chet Culver's rating of 50%.
On June 8, 2010, Branstad won the Republican primary election in Iowa; on January 2, 2010, he won the general election.
United States Ambassador to China[change | change source]
Branstad was confirmed by the United States Senate on a 83-12 vote on May 22, 2017, and will be succeeded as Governor of Iowa by Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds once he resigns to take up the ambassadorship.
Electoral history[change | change source]
- 1982 election for Governor of Iowa:
- 1986 election for Governor of Iowa:
- 1986 General Election:
- Terrie Branstad (R), 51.9%
- Lowell Junkins (D), 48.0%
- 1990 election for Governor of Iowa:
- 1990 General Election:
- Terry Branstad (R), 60.6%
- Donald Avenson (D), 38.8%
- Republican Primary 
References[change | change source]
- "Branstad's stand questioned". Omaha.com. 2009-12-06. http://www.omaha.com/article/20091206/NEWS01/712069891. Retrieved 2010-08-29.
- "Candidate Listing by Office, November 2, 2010 General Election" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State's Office. August 3, 2010. http://www.sos.state.ia.us/pdfs/elections/2010/candlistgen.pdf. Retrieved October 19, 2010.
- "2010 Gubernatorial General Election Results-Iowa".
- "Culver rating slips; poll gives Branstad positive signs". Des Moines Register. 2009-09-19. http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20090919/NEWS/90919016/Culver-rating-slips--poll-gives-Branstad-positive-signs. Retrieved 2010-08-29.
- "Politics Nation". RealClearPolitics. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/politics_nation/governor_iowa. Retrieved 2010-08-29.
- Slevin, Peter (March 8, 2010). "Iowa governor faces tough reelection as another state sours on incumbents". The Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/07/AR2010030701528.html?hpid=topnews. Retrieved May 25, 2010.
- Associated Press (December 14, 2015). "Terry Branstad Is Now The Longest Serving Governor In American History". Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/12/14/terry-branstad-governor_n_8804490.html. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
- Jason Noble (May 22, 2017). "Terry Branstad confirmed as U.S. ambassador to China". Des Moines Register. http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2017/05/22/confirmed-terry-branstad-headed-china/336018001/. Retrieved May 22, 2017.
- "Governor Terry E. Branstad (IA)". Project Vote Smart. http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=21728. Retrieved 2011-01-15. Invalid
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- "Des Moines University President Terry Branstad retires - DMU News & Events". Dmu.edu. 2009-10-16. http://www.dmu.edu/news/index.php/2009/10/16/des-moines-university-president-terry-branstad-retires/. Retrieved 2010-08-29.
- "Archived: Governor Terry Branstad of Iowa - Chair of the President's Commission on Excellence in Special Education". Ed.gov. 2001-12-13. http://www.ed.gov/inits/commissionsboards/whspecialeducation/bios/branstad.html. Retrieved 2010-08-29.
- "2009-2010 AICPA Board of Directors". Aicpa.org. 2006-09-18. http://www.aicpa.org/About/Governance/BoardofDirectors/Pages/2009-2010%20AICPA%20Board%20of%20Directors.aspx. Retrieved 2010-08-29.
- "Branstad Files Paperwork for Gubernatorial Run". Theiowarepublican.com. 2009-10-07. http://theiowarepublican.com/home/2009/10/07/branstad-files-paperwork-for-gubernatorial-run. Retrieved 2010-08-29.
- Beaumont, Thomas (September 19, 2009). "Culver rating slips; poll gives Branstad positive signs". Des Moines Register. http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20090919/NEWS/90919016/Culver-rating-slips-poll-gives-Branstad-positive-signs. Retrieved February 15, 2010.
- "Republicans Nominate Branstad for Iowa Governor". KCRG.com. June 8, 2010. http://www.kcrg.com/news/local/95924319.html. Retrieved June 8, 2010.
- Jacobs, Jennifer (December 6, 2016). "Trump Picks Iowa Governor Branstad as China Ambassador". Bloomberg News (New York). http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-12-07/trump-said-to-pick-iowa-governor-branstad-as-china-ambassador. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
- "Election Results > US Gubernatorial Elections, 1982 statistics - states compared - StateMaster". www.statemaster.com. http://www.statemaster.com/graph/gov_us_gub_ele_1982_ele_res_opp_can-1982-election-results-opposing-candidates. Retrieved 2010-06-07.
- "Iowa Legislature Heritage : Compound Object Viewer". contentdm.legis.state.ia.us. http://contentdm.legis.state.ia.us/cdm4/document.php?CISOROOT=%2Fredbooks&CISOPTR=28578&REC=8&CISOBOX=Branstad. Retrieved 2010-06-07.
- "1990 Gubernatorial General Election Results - Iowa". uselectionatlas.org. http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS/state.php?year=1990&fips=19&f=0&off=5&elect=0. Retrieved 2010-06-07.
- "Iowa Legislature Heritage : Compound Object Viewer". contentdm.legis.state.ia.us. http://contentdm.legis.state.ia.us/cdm4/document.php?CISOROOT=%2Fredbooks&CISOPTR=32146&REC=12&CISOBOX=Grandy. Retrieved 2010-06-07.
- "1994 Gubernatorial General Election Results - Iowa". uselectionatlas.org. http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS/state.php?year=1994&fips=19&f=0&off=5&elect=0. Retrieved 2010-06-07.
- "Iowa Primary Election Results 2010". desmoinesregister.com. http://data.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/iowa-elections/. Retrieved 2010-06-09.
Other websites[change | change source]
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Terry Branstad|
- Governor Terry Branstad official Iowa government site
- Branstad Reynolds 2010 official campaign site
- Terry Branstad Campaign Material by ArchivoElectoral.org
- Biography at the National Governors Association
- Biography, interest group ratings, public statements, vetoes and campaign finances at Project Vote Smart
- Issue positions and quotes at On the Issues
- Campaign contributions at FollowTheMoney.org
- Appearances on C-SPAN programs
- Collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
- Profile at Notable Names Database