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Terry E. Branstad

Terry Branstad attends recommissioning ceremony for USS Iowa, Apr 28, 1984.

In office
January 1983 – January 1999
Lieutenant Robert T. Anderson (1983-1987)
Jo Ann Zimmerman (1987-1991)
Joy Corning (1991-1999)
Preceded by Robert Ray
Succeeded by Tom Vilsack

In office
January 1979 – January 1983
Governor Robert Ray
Preceded by Arthur A. Neu
Succeeded by Robert T. Anderson

Born November 17, 1946 (1946-11-17) (age 63)
Leland, Iowa
Political party Republican
Alma mater University of Iowa

Drake University

Profession President, Des Moines University

Terry Edward Branstad (born November 17, 1946) is an American politician who 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. Branstad is the youngest and longest-serving governor in Iowa's history.[1] He has filed papers to run for the Governorship of Iowa in 2010.


Early life and career

Born to a Norwegian-American Lutheran farming family in Leland, Iowa, he received his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa and his law degree from Drake University Law School. He served three-terms in the Iowa House of Representatives and served as the Lieutenant Governor of Iowa. When elected governor, he was, at age 35, the youngest chief executive in Iowa history; and, when he left office, he was Iowa's longest-serving governor.

Branstad ignored binding arbitration with employees of the state's labor unions and lost later appeals in the state court system (AFSCME Iowa Council 61 et al., v. Branstad) in 1991.[[9]]

In 1997, he chaired the Education Commission of the States, the Republican Governors Association, and the Governors' Ethanol Coalition. He also served as Chair of the National Governors Association during 1989–1990. Persevering amid the economic recession and farming crisis of the mid-1980s, Iowa became the first state to link every school district in a broadband network.

Branstad was a U.S. Army serviceman between 1969 and 1971, and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service. In 1989 Branstad was made an honorary member of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity at Iowa State University.

Later career

Since leaving office, Branstad has focused most of his efforts on endeavors outside of politics. After leaving office, he founded Branstad and Associates, L.L.C. He also was a partner in the firm of Kaufman, Pattee, Branstad & Miller, as well as a financial advisor for Robert W. Baird and Co., Inc. of Iowa's Henry Tippie Business College.

In August 2003, Branstad accepted the offer of Des Moines University[2] to become its president. On October 16, 2009, Branstad announced his retirement as president of Des Moines University [10].

Branstad was appointed by President George W. Bush to chair the President's Commission for Excellence in Special Education.[3] The commission was charged with developing a plan to improve the educational performance of students with disabilities. After completing his work with the commission in 2003, Branstad was asked to serve as a member of the National Advisory Council for Positive Action for Teen Health, or PATH. The advisory council encourages action toward detecting adolescent mental illness.

In April 2003 Branstad was named to serve as a public member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, which comprises both professional and public members who address such issues as student recruitment and professional ethics for CPAs.

Additionally, Branstad currently serves on the boards of these companies and non-profit organizations, Advanced Analytical Technologies, Inc., American Future Fund[4], Cemen Tech, Featherlite, Iowa Health System, Liberty Bank and Living History Farms.

2010 Election

Branstad is widely considered a politician who can challenge incumbent Chet Culver in the 2010 Iowa gubernatorial election; on August 2, 2009, the Des Moines Register reported that he was actively considering whether to run for the Republican nomination for governor.[5] On October 7, 2009, Branstad filed papers to once again run for the Governorship of Iowa in 2010.[6]

Political Controversy

In the late summer of 2009, a 527 organization was formed to build public support for Branstad's potential fifth run for Governor. The Draft Branstad PAC began placing advertising on radio and the internet. The ads claimed that the former governor had lowered taxes, balanced the budget, improved education and infrastructure, and that he enjoyed high public approval. But, before Branstad announced he was running for office, the 527 group was forced to change their name for violating election law.[7]

At about the same time, Iowa media outlets began reporting on fliers that appeared in some central Iowa locations[8] referring to Governor Branstad's record of raising some taxes to balance the budget, appointing a pro-choice Lieutenant Governor in Joy Corning, and approval for legalized gambling to promote the economy.[9]


Political offices
Preceded by
Arthur A. Neu
Lieutenant Governor of Iowa
January 14, 1979 – January 14, 1983
Succeeded by
Robert T. Anderson
Preceded by
Robert D. Ray
Governor of Iowa
January 14, 1983 – January 15, 1999
Succeeded by
Tom Vilsack
Preceded by
Gerald L. Baliles
Chairman of the National Governors Association
Succeeded by
Booth Gardner

Simple English

Terry E. Branstad

Terry E. Branstad is the Governor of the State of Iowa. He was first elected in 1982 and served four terms as Governor. Branstad was elected Governor again during 2010. He was born during 1946.

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