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Chet Culver

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Chet Culver

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Chester John "Chet" Culver (born January 25, 1966) is the current Governor of the U.S. state of Iowa, having recently 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 [Culver], who represented Iowa from 1975-1981 in the Senate. Chet Culver was born in [D.C.] and attended [Chase High School] in suburban Maryland, graduating in 1984. After graduation Culver attended college at [Polytechnic Institute and State University] in [Virginia] on a football scholarship, where he earned a B.A. in political science. Culver then worked as a [[1]] 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, [Beef Processors], and [Moines University].[[1]] Culver studied at [Law School] before earning a masters degree in education from [University]. Culver taught high school in [Moines, Iowa] prior to election as Secretary of State in 1998. He currently resides in [Des Moines, Iowa] with his wife Mariclare Thinnes Culver and their two children, Clare Honour and John William. He attends Central [[2]] church in West Des Moines, where he serves as a church [[3]].


2006 gubernatorial race

//Main article: [gubernatorial election, 2006]// Culver's main opponents for the Democratic nomination were former director of the [Department of Economic Development] [Blouin] and seven term State Representative [Fallon]. Secretary of Agriculture [Judge] was also running for the nomination, but after she withdrew from the race, she gave her support to Culver and became his [mate]. Culver won the Democratic primary with 39% of the vote. Culver faced Republican Congressman [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.


Electoral History

||||||||||||~ [Gubernatorial Election 2006] || ||||~ Party ||~ Candidate ||~ Votes ||~ % ||~ ±% || ||~ || [[4]] || Chet Culver ||> 565,657 ||> 54.0 ||> || ||~ || [[5]] || [Nussle] ||> 466,757 ||> 44.6 ||> || ||~ || [[6]] || [Barth] ||> 7,722 ||> 0.7 ||> ||