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Terry Branstad
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 is currently the Republican nominee for Governor of Iowa again the 2010 election. He defeated Tea party-backed candidate Bob VanderPlaats in the June 8 primary and leads incumbent Chet Culver in early polling data.


  1. Iowa Workforce Development: Iowa Historical Labor Force Data