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Chet Culver


Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 12, 2007
Lieutenant Patty Judge
Preceded by Tom Vilsack

In office
1999–2007
Governor Tom Vilsack
Preceded by Paul Pate
Succeeded by Michael A. Mauro

Born January 25, 1966 (1966-01-25) (age 44)
Washington, D.C.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mariclare Culver
Residence West Des Moines, Iowa
Alma mater Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Drake University
Profession Teacher
Religion Presbyterian

Chester John "Chet" Culver (born January 25, 1966) is the 41st and current Governor of Iowa, having won the 2006 election. His assumption of office marks the first time that Democrats have simultaneously controlled both the executive and legislative branches of Iowa's state government since the 1965–1967 session of the Iowa General Assembly. Culver is also the first Democratic governor in Iowa since Nelson G. Kraschel in 1937 to be elected to succeed another Democrat. He was elected as the Federal Liaison for the Democratic Governors Association for 2008-2009. His father, John Culver, is a former U.S. Senator from Iowa. Culver has indicated that he will run for reelection in 2010.[1]

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Personal life

Culver speaks during the second day of the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado.

Culver was born in Washington, D.C. He is a Presbyterian (where he has served as an elder) and is married to Mariclare Culver, who is Roman Catholic. Culver attended Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Bethesda, Maryland. He attended Virginia Tech on a football scholarship and earned a B.A. in education in 1988. Later, he received an M.A. in teaching from Drake University in 1994.[2]

After college, Culver moved to Iowa and worked as a staff member for the state Democratic Party. He worked with Bonnie Campbell on her 1990 campaign for state attorney general, serving as field director. Culver previously worked a lobbyist under the guidance of Campbell's husband. From 1991 to 1995, Culver worked as a consumer and environmental advocate in the attorney general's office. After completing his master's degree, he took a job as a teacher in Des Moines. Working first at Roosevelt, and then Hoover High School, he taught government and history. Culver coached sophomore football and eighth grade boys basketball during his tenure[1].

In 1998, Culver ran for Iowa Secretary of State and won. At the age of 32, he was the youngest current Secretary of State in the nation. He was reelected to a second term in 2002 by a large margin. While serving at this post, he created the Iowa Student Political Awareness Club, which attempts to get students motivated to participate in politics when they reach voting age [2]. During his tenure, Culver received accolades for modernizing the office, increasing voter registration, and ensuring voter accessibility for people with disabilities.

Contrary to his wife who supported John Edwards, on February 7, 2008 in Omaha, Nebraska, he endorsed Barack Obama as the Democratic nominee in the 2008 presidential election.[3]

After being called a "big lug" by his wife in a gubernatorial campaign ad , the epithet has been used widely in reference to both Culver's weight and his perceived lack of intellectual acuity. [3][4]

2006 gubernatorial race

Culver's main opponents for the Democratic nomination were former director of the Iowa Department of Economic Development Mike Blouin and seven-term State Representative Ed Fallon. Secretary of Agriculture Patty Judge was also running for the nomination, but after she withdrew from the race, she gave her support to Culver and became his running mate. Culver won the Democratic primary with 39% of the vote.

Culver faced Republican Congressman Jim Nussle of Manchester, who was unopposed in the Republican primary, in the general election. On November 7, 2006, Culver defeated Nussle in the general election by nearly 100,000 votes, winning 54% of the vote to Nussle's 44.6%, with minor party candidates getting 1.4%.

Electoral History

Iowa Gubernatorial Election 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Chet Culver 565,657 54.0 +1.7
Republican Jim Nussle 466,757 44.6 +0.1
Green Wendy Barth 7,722 0.7 -0.7
Libertarian Kevin Litten 5,621 0.5 -0.8
Socialist Workers Mary Martin 1,957 0.2 n/a
Majority 98,900 9.4
Turnout 1,747,714
Democratic hold Swing

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Preceded by
Paul Pate
Iowa Secretary of State
1999– 2007
Succeeded by
Michael Mauro
Preceded by
Tom Vilsack
Governor of Iowa
2007–present
Incumbent

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Chester John Culver (born January 25, 1966) is the current Secretary of State in the U.S. state of Iowa and the Democratic governor-elect for Governor of Iowa in 2007.

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  • When I was a high school government teacher, I used to remind my students that TO VOTE IS TO HAVE A VOICE. That simple idea is the cornerstone of our democratic process. During my eight years as secretary of state, nothing has made me more proud than the fact that we have set all-time records for both voter registration and voting. ... As Election Day approaches, I urge every Iowan to use your voice, to make yourself heard as a citizen of the United States and a proud Iowan. Please vote today. You truly hold the key to leading this state forward.

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41st Governor of Iowa
Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 12, 2007
Lieutenant Patty Judge
Preceded by Tom Vilsack

29th Iowa Secretary of State
In office
1999 – 2007
Governor Tom Vilsack
Preceded by Paul Pate
Succeeded by Michael A. Mauro

Born January 25, 1966 (1966-01-25) (age 45)
Washington, D.C.
Political party Democratic
Spouse Mariclare Culver
Residence West Des Moines, Iowa
Alma mater Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Drake University
Profession Teacher
Religion Presbyterian

Chester John "Chet" Culver (born January 25, 1966) is the 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 of 2006, he defeated his Republican opponent, Jim Nussle, and in January he became Governor of Iowa.

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