Congratulating Gov. Terry Branstad on Becoming the Longest-Serving Governor in American Historyby Representative Paul Ryan
Posted on 2015-12-15
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Mr. RYAN of Wisconsin. Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the whole House, I
extend heartfelt congratulations to Governor Terry Branstad on his
7,642nd day in office. He is now the longest-serving governor in
American history. And this day of recognition comes not a moment too
soon because his principled leadership is a model for us all.
Over the course of his 21 years in office, he has helped the people of Iowa overcome enormous challenges. He inherited a budget deficit; he now presides over a large surplus. When he came in, the state economy had gone bust; now it is booming. And through good times and bad, he has always stood four-square behind his values.
People say he is good at retail politics, and that is certainly true. But his success is more than a testament to his skill. It is a testament to his devotion. Governor Branstad knows that a true public servant lives among the people. He visits all 99 counties of Iowa every year. He can tell you the ins and outs of everything in Iowa--from soybeans to livestock to insurance. He goes to every small event in every small town because he wants to be there. He listens because he cares.
Asked what he wants his legacy to be, Governor Branstad has said he wants Iowa to be a place where young people want to stay--where there is opportunity for all. I could think of no better goal for every governor in the country.
I also think it is fitting that the long-serving governor whose record he has surpassed was George Clinton, a man who left his state to become vice president. For Governor Branstad, national office would have been a step down. He knows his state. He loves his state. The people of Iowa are grateful for his service. I'm grateful for his friendship. And all of us in the House are grateful for his example.