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'''Chester John "Chet" Culver''' (born January 25 1966) is the current [[Governor]] of the [[U.S. state]] of [[Iowa]], having won the [[Iowa gubernatorial election, 2006|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 [[Clyde L. Herring]] in 1937 to be elected to succeed another Democrat.
===From [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chet_Culver Wikipedia], the free encyclopedia on 06/07/07===
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Chester John "Chet" Culver (born [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/January_25 January 25], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1966 1966]) is the current [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Governor Governor] of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._state U.S. state] of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iowa Iowa], having recently won the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iowa_gubernatorial_election%2C_2006 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 [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iowa_General_Assembly Iowa General Assembly]. Culver is also the first Democratic governor in Iowa since [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clyde_L._Herring Clyde L. Herring] in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1937 1937] to be elected to succeed another Democrat.
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==Background==
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Chet Culver is the son of former U.S. Senator [[John Culver]], who represented Iowa from 1975-1981 in the Senate. Chet Culver was born in [[Washington, D.C.]] and attended Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in suburban Maryland, graduating in 1984.  After graduation Culver attended college at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, [[Virginia]] on a football scholarship, where he earned a B.A. in political science.  Culver then worked as a [[lobbyist]] for two years in 1989 and 1990. The clients of the lobbying firm which employed Culver during this time included the Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, Iowa Beef Processors, and Des Moines University.[http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060228/NEWS09/602280398&SearchID=73237058884000]
  
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Culver studied at Drake Law School before earning a masters degree in education from Drake University.  Culver taught high school in [[Des Moines, Iowa]] prior to election as Secretary of State in 1998. 
  
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He currently resides in West Des Moines, [[Iowa]] with his wife Mariclare Thinnes Culver and their two children, Clare Honour and John William. He attends Central [[Presbyterian]] church in West Des Moines, where he serves as a church [[Elder (religious)#Presbyterian Church .28USA.29|elder]].
  
==Background==  
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==2006 gubernatorial race==
Chet Culver is the son of former U.S. Senator [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Culver John Culver], who represented Iowa from 1975-1981 in the Senate. Chet Culver was born in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington%2C_D.C. Washington, D.C.] and attended [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bethesda-Chevy_Chase_High_School Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School] in suburban Maryland, graduating in 1984. After graduation Culver attended college at [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_Polytechnic_Institute_and_State_University Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University] in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blacksburg%2C_Virginia Blacksburg, Virginia] on a football scholarship, where he earned a B.A. in political science. Culver then worked as a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lobbyist lobbyist] for two years in 1989 and 1990. The clients of the lobbying firm which employed Culver during this time included the Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBP%2C_Inc. Iowa Beef Processors], and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Des_Moines_University Des Moines University].[http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060228/NEWS09/602280398&SearchID=73237058884000[1]]
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Culver studied at [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Drake_Law_School&action=edit Drake Law School] before earning a masters degree in education from [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drake_University Drake University]. Culver taught high school in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Des_Moines%2C_Iowa Des Moines, Iowa] prior to election as Secretary of State in 1998.
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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.
He currently resides in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Des_Moines%2C_Iowa West Des Moines, Iowa] with his wife Mariclare Thinnes Culver and their two children, Clare Honour and John William. He attends Central [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presbyterian Presbyterian] church in West Des Moines, where he serves as a church [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elder_%28religious%29#Presbyterian_Church_.28USA.29 elder].
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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 with 54% of the vote while Nussle won 44%, and minor party candidates won 2%. Culver received the endorsement of Planned Parenthood. [http://radioiowa.com/gestalt/go.cfm?objectid=FA15547E-E630-442D-83A82B06E9C57A4B&dbtranslator=local.cfm] Nussle proposed a complete ban on abortion without any exceptions.
  
==2006 gubernatorial race==  
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==References==
Main article: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iowa_gubernatorial_election%2C_2006 Iowa gubernatorial election, 2006]
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*Beaumont, Thomas. [http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060228/NEWS09/602280398&SearchID=73237058884000 "Culver, Blouin battle for labor backing"], ''Des Moines Register'', 2/28/2006. (Retrieved 2/28/2006)
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Culver's main opponents for the Democratic nomination were former director of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Iowa_Department_of_Economic_Development&action=edit Iowa Department of Economic Development] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Blouin Mike Blouin] and seven term State Representative [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Fallon Ed Fallon]. Secretary of Agriculture [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patty_Judge Patty Judge] was also running for the nomination, but after she withdrew from the race, she gave her support to Culver and became his [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Running_mate running mate]. Culver won the Democratic primary with 39% of the vote.
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Culver faced Republican Congressman [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Nussle 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 with 54% of the vote while Nussle won 44%, and minor party candidates won 2%. Culver received the endorsement of Planned Parenthood. [http://radioiowa.com/gestalt/go.cfm?objectid=FA15547E-E630-442D-83A82B06E9C57A4B&dbtranslator=local.cfm [2]] Nussle proposed a complete ban on abortion without any exceptions.
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==Electoral History==  
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==External links==
||||||||||||~ [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iowa_gubernatorial_election%2C_2006 Iowa Gubernatorial Election 2006] ||
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*[http://www.governor.iowa.gov/ Iowa Governor Chet Culver] '''official state site'''
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*[http://www.nga.org/portal/site/nga/menuitem.29fab9fb4add37305ddcbeeb501010a0/?vgnextoid=4de623a03d4ef010VgnVCM1000001a01010aRCRD National Governors Association - Iowa Governor Chet Culver] biography
||~  || [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_Party_%28US%29|Democratic]] || Chet Culver ||> 565,657 ||> 54.0 ||>  ||
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*[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?si=200612&c=417652 Follow the Money - Chet Culver & Patty Judge] 2006 campaign contributions
||~  || [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republican_Party_%28US%29|Republican]] || [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Nussle|Jim Nussle]] ||> 466,757 ||> 44.6 ||>  ||
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*[http://www.ontheissues.org/Chet_Culver.htm On the Issues - Chet Culver] issue positions and quotes
||~  || [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Party_%28United_States%29|Green]] || [[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wendy_Barth&action=edit|Wendy Barth]] ||> 7,722 ||> 0.7 ||>  ||
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*[http://www.vote-smart.org/bio.php?can_id=BIA63544 Project Vote Smart - Governor Chester J. 'Chet' Culver (IA)] profile
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This article was taken from [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chet_Culver Wikipedia] 6/22/07

Revision as of 11:42, 22 June 2007

Chester John "Chet" Culver (born January 25 1966) is the current Governor of the U.S. state 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 Clyde L. Herring in 1937 to be elected to succeed another Democrat.

Background

Chet Culver is the son of former U.S. Senator John Culver, who represented Iowa from 1975-1981 in the Senate. Chet Culver was born in Washington, D.C. and attended Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in suburban Maryland, graduating in 1984. After graduation Culver attended college at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia on a football scholarship, where he earned a B.A. in political science. Culver then worked as a lobbyist for two years in 1989 and 1990. The clients of the lobbying firm which employed Culver during this time included the Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, Iowa Beef Processors, and Des Moines University.[1]

Culver studied at Drake Law School before earning a masters degree in education from Drake University. Culver taught high school in Des Moines, Iowa prior to election as Secretary of State in 1998.

He currently resides in West Des Moines, Iowa with his wife Mariclare Thinnes Culver and their two children, Clare Honour and John William. He attends Central Presbyterian church in West Des Moines, where he serves as a church elder.

2006 gubernatorial race

Main article: Iowa gubernatorial election, 2006

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 with 54% of the vote while Nussle won 44%, and minor party candidates won 2%. Culver received the endorsement of Planned Parenthood. [2] Nussle proposed a complete ban on abortion without any exceptions.

References

External links

This article was taken from Wikipedia 6/22/07