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The '''Governor of the State of Iowa''' is an elected Constitutional officer, the head of the Executive branch, and the highest state office in Iowa. The Governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and has no term limit.  Prior to a Constitutional Amendment passed in 1971, the Governor's term had been two years.
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The '''Governor of the State of Iowa''' is an elected Constitutional officer, the head of the Executive branch, and the highest state office in Iowa. The Governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and has no term limit.  Prior to a Constitutional Amendment passed in 1972, the Governor's term had been two years.
  
 
==Current officer==
 
==Current officer==

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The Governor of the State of Iowa is an elected Constitutional officer, the head of the Executive branch, and the highest state office in Iowa. The Governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and has no term limit. Prior to a Constitutional Amendment passed in 1972, the Governor's term had been two years.

Current officer

The 42nd and current governor of Iowa is Republican Terry E. Branstad, elected in November 2010. Having held the office previously from 1983 to 1999, Branstad is also Iowa's 39th Governor and the state's longest serving Governor.

His wife, Chris Branstad, is the First Lady of Iowa.

Authority

The state Constitution addresses the office of the governor in Article IV, the Executive Department.

Under Article IV, Section II:

The supreme executive power of this state shall be vested in a chief magistrate, who shall be styled the governor of the state of Iowa.


Election

Iowa elects governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not Presidential election years. For Iowa, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all gubernatorial election years. Legally, the gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the first Tuesday after the second Monday in the January following an election. Thus, January 18, 2011 and January 13, 2015 are inaugural days.

If two candidates are tied, the General Assembly casts ballots to choose the winner.

Vacancies

Duties

As chief administrator of Iowa's government, the governor is responsible for the effective and efficient workings of the various state departments and agencies. The governor appoints department and agency heads and other state officials not elected by the people. The governor's appointments are generally subject to approval by the Senate.

The governor takes final action on all bills passed by the Iowa General Assembly. The governor may approve bills by signing them or disapprove bills by vetoing them. Each year, the governor reports on the financial condition of the state and makes recommendations on the state's budget. The Governor has the power to call a special session of the General Assembly.

Requirements

A candidate for governor is required to be:

  • at least 30 years old by the time of election
  • a United States citizen
  • a resident of Iowa for at least two years before the election

Compensation

Contact information

Office of The Governor and Lt. Governor
State Capitol
Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone:515.281.5211

See also

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