Terry E. Branstad

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Terry E. Branstad
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Governor of Iowa
Incumbent
In office
1983-1988, January 14, 2011 - Present
Years in position (current service)3
Years in position (previous service)5
PartyRepublican
Prior offices
Lieutenant Governor of Iowa
1979-1983
Iowa House of Representatives
1973-1979
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Iowa (1969)
J.D.Drake University School of Law (1974)
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1969-1971
CitationsArmy Commendation Medal
Personal
BirthdayNovember 17, 1946
Place of birthLeland, Iowa
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
Terry E. Branstad (b. November 17, 1946 Leland, Iowa) is the Republican Governor of Iowa. Branstad previously served as governor from 1983 to 1998. He also served as Lieutenant Governor from 1979 to 1983 and in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1973 to 1979.

Biography

Terry Branstad is an Iowa native, originally deriving form Norwegian ancestry. He studied at the Unveristy of Iowa and at Drake University, finishing his law degree in 1974. In between his undergraduate and graduate schooling, Branstad joined the Army and served in Vietnam from 1969 to 1971, earning the Army Commendation Medal.

Following three terms in Iowa's House of Representatives, Terry was elected Lt. Governor in 1978. In the following election cycle, he won the governorship.

36 at the time he entered the governor's office, he holds the distinction of being Iowa's youngest chief executive. Branstad's first stint as governor, covering four terms from 1983 to 1999, makes him Iowa's longest serving governor.

In 1991, he earned the perpetual animosity of organized labor when he vetoed a salary bill for labor unions in spite of binding arbitration. The union sued and eventually won, in AFSCME Iowa Council 61 et al., v. Branstad.

Beginning in 2003, Branstad spent slightly over six years as President of Des Moines University, boosting the school's graduate ranking and seeing DMU become the Wellness Council of America's first Platinum Recognition university.

He also founded the law firm of Branstad and Associates, L.L.C and additionally accepted a partnership in Kaufman, Patee, Branstad & Miller. Simultaneously, Branstad served as financial adviser to Robert W. Baird and Co., Inc. and was a visiting professor at the University of Iowa. His appointment as Des Moines University's leader came after President George W. Bush named him head of the President's Commission for Excellence in Special Education.

He retired from DMU in October of 2009 to launch a gubernatorial exploratory committee and officially entered the race in January of 2010.

Terry and Chris Branstad have three grown children and four grandchildren.

Education

  • Drake University School of Law, J.D., 1974
  • University of Iowa, B.A., 1969

Political career

Governor (2011 - Present)

Veto found unconstitutional

Polk District Court Judge Brad McCall ruled on December 8, 2011 that Branstad's line-item veto that closed 36 unemployment offices is unconstitutional. Branstad called the case a key test of gubernatorial authority and expressed confidence that the state Supreme Court would uphold the veto.

At a news conference On December 12, Branstad stated, "It's really more of a question of precedent and the power of the governor to control spending through the item veto process. This is an important case because it is going to determine for the future and for future governors their ability to control spending and provide the best and most efficient services to the people of Iowa."[1]

The case began in July 2011 when Branstad vetoed portions of a budget bill that would have prohibited closure of the offices. In taking the action, the governor stated that allowing the legislation to proceed would have hurt the ability of the Iowa Workforce Development Department from creating a more efficient system for helping the unemployed.[2]

The AFSCME and five state representatives filed suit in August, arguing the veto was unconstitutional as it redirected the money. Senate Majority Leader Michael Gronstal (D) stated, "You can't reject the purpose for the spending, but keep the money, which is exactly what he did."[1] The court agreed, stating the allocation would have to be vetoed as well in order for the action to be legal.[3]

Branstad said they are asking for a stay of the district court's decision, and will ask for an expedited review by the state Supreme Court.[4]

Issues

Early look at 2012 presidential election

In May 2011, Gov. Branstad offered heaping praise for U.S. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan for his ideas to tackle the country’s mushrooming national debt.

“I have been very impressed with this young man,” Branstad said. “I think he has great courage. Nobody of either party has had the guts to stand up and say, ‘We need to take on entitlements’ … I think this is the first real effort to do something significant about it.”

Branstad sharply criticized Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, President Barack Obama and U.S. Senate Democrats for playing politics with the issue and attacking Ryan for his plan. Ryan's plan includes turning Medicare into a voucher program, rather than offering alternatives.[5]

Elections

2010

See also: Iowa gubernatorial election, 2010 and Gubernatorial elections, 2010

Branstad defeated Bob Vander Plaats and Rod Roberts in the June 8 primary, winning with 50.33% of the vote.

Branstad faced incumbent Chet Culver (D), Jonathan Narcisse (Iowa Party), Eric Cooper (L), and Dave Rosenfeld (SW) in the general election on November 2, 2010.

Affiliations

  • Chair of the National Governors Association, 1989-1990
  • Past Chair of the Midwestern Governors Association
  • Chair of the Education Commission of the States
  • Chair of the Republican Governors Association, 1997
  • Chair of the Governors' Ethanol Coalition, 1997
  • National Advisory Council for Positive Action for Teen Health
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, since 2003

Board memberships

  • Advanced Analytical Technologies, Inc.
  • The American Institute of CPAs
  • American Future Fund
  • Cemen Tech, Featherlite
  • Conmed Health Management Inc
  • Iowa Health System
  • Liberty Bank
  • Living History Farms

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