Terry Branstad

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Terry Branstad
Governor of Iowa
From: January 14, 2011 – present
Predecessor Chet Culver
Successor Incumbent (no successor)
Governor of Iowa
From: January 14, 1983 – January 15, 1999
Predecessor Robert Ray
Successor Tom Vilsack
Party Republican
Spouse(s) Chris Branstad
Religion Catholic

Terry Branstad (born November 17, 1946, in Leland, Iowa) served as Governor of Iowa from 1983 through 1999 and President of Des Moines University from 2003 to 2009.

Branstad received a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Iowa in 1969 and a law degree from Drake University Law School in 1974. He served in the U.S. Army from 1969-1971. Branstad served three terms in the Iowa House of Representatives. He was elected Lieutenant Governor in 1978 and Governor in 1982. Branstad chaired the National Governors Association in 1989-1990. Iowa's longest-serving Governor, Branstad left office with a historically low 2.7% unemployment rate and $900 million budget surplus.[1]

Branstad was re-elected governor in 2010 and again in 2014. He is President Donald Trump's nominee as Ambassador to China.

In 2017, with massive GOP majorities in the Iowa legislature,[2] Branstad signed into law legislation massively expanding gun rights, including enacting and expanding a stand-your-ground law, providing legal advantages to gun owners, and giving additional rights to minors, among other provisions.[3]


  1. Iowa Workforce Development: Iowa Historical Labor Force Data
  2. Russell, Joyce (November 9, 2016). Iowa Senate Turns Republican in Tuesday Voting. Iowa Public Radio. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  3. De Lea, Brittany (April 13, 2017). Iowa Passes Massive Expansion of Gun Rights, More States to Follow?. Fox Business. Retrieved April 29, 2017.