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

Kim Reynolds waves after speaking during a ceremonial swearing in, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. She was sworn in immediately following Branstad's resignation. "And I will also be meeting with the full cabinet in the near future so we can talk about aligning the priorities, discuss any ideas and next steps", Lt. Gov. Reynolds said. The U.S. Senate voted to confirm Branstad Monday as the next ambassador to China. "And now, to serve as the governor of our state".

On Monday, the full Senate confirmed former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad as the US ambassador to China.

"For a long time, Mr Branstad has been playing a positive role in promoting bilateral exchanges and friendship", Hua said at a regular press briefing yesterday.

Branstad is the longest-serving governor in USA history and has been presented with the Lifetime Champion of Renewable Fuels award by the Iowa Renewable Fuels Assn. "I liked her style".

"Governor Branstad's confirmation today ends a career as Governor in which he attacked Iowa's workers and public schools, left the state budget in shambles, and on a couple of times occasion was rebuked by the Iowa Supreme Court for abusing his authority", the group's executive director, Matt Sinovic, said in an email.

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More details about the transfer of power from Gov. Terry Branstad to Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds have been released. Our energy plan will help us continue to lead the way in wind energy and renewable fuels.

The secretary of state posted a photo on social media of his interaction with Reynolds, officially letting her know the job was open. After serving more than six years as Iowa's Lieutenant Governor, Reynolds has the experience and leadership to hit the ground running and build upon Governor Terry Branstad's successful legacy.

Democrats, in the minority following the November election, were critical of Branstad and Republicans during the session, accusing them of not working in a bipartisan fashion. Reynolds said living in a small town prepared her well for the tasks ahead. Her third key focus will be on education.

"In this state we grew up learning the value of the dollar and not to waste it, a lesson I intend to apply every day as your Governor", said Reynolds in her speech in Des Moines. "And then, if they must, they can add at the end of the chapter, 'Oh, and by the way, she was also Iowa's first woman governor'". The 57-year-old Reynolds will become the first female governor in state history.

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