In Honor of Governor Terry Branstadby Representative Rod Blum
Posted on 2015-12-15
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Mr. BLUM. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in honor of Iowa Governor Terry
Branstad, who yesterday became the longest serving governor in the
history of the United States, surpassing former Vice President George
Clinton from New York.
Governor Branstad has now served 7,642 days as governor. I salute and congratulate him on his dedication to the state of Iowa and his passion for public service.
Born and raised on a farm in Northern Iowa, Governor Branstad's life has been dedicated to the advancement of the state of Iowa. After a tenure in the United States Army, he served three terms in the Iowa House of Representatives and was subsequently elected as the Lieutenant Governor.
In 1982, at the age of 35, he was elected as the youngest governor in Iowa history. After his first four terms in office, Governor Branstad refocused his boundless energy on continuing to serve the state as the President of Des Moines University. He returned as governor in 2010 and is currently serving his sixth term.
During his administration, Iowa has seen record low unemployment rates, as well as an admirable budget surplus. His endless energy and strong work ethic inspires all of us who serve in elected office to constantly strive to improve our performance on behalf of all Iowans.
Thank you, Governor Branstad, for all that you have done for the great state of Iowa and your nearly twenty-one years of service.