Tribute to Governor Terry Branstadby Senator Joni Ernst
Posted on 2015-12-10
ERNST. Mr. President, I rise today to honor my good friend and
the Governor of Iowa, Terry Branstad. Monday marks his historic
milestone as the Nation's longest serving Governor with 7,642 days in
office working for our great State of Iowa. Our Governor has devoted
his life to public service and has worked tirelessly through his 99-
county tour to ensure that Iowans' voices are heard.
I have also had the great honor of serving under the Governor during my time in the Iowa Army National Guard. Through the years, Governor Branstad and I have had countless conversations about the military and our veterans. We both know these men and women are well trained and have selflessly sacrificed in defense of our freedoms and our way of life. That is why we must ensure that our veterans are properly prepared to transition back to civilian life.
As a veteran himself, Governor Branstad recognizes just that. It was Governor Branstad who led significant efforts to help veterans find work across Iowa, following their launch of the Home Base Iowa public- private initiative in November of 2013. Since then, Home Base Iowa has succeeded in helping over 1,500 veterans in Iowa find work, getting 900 businesses to join the Home Base Iowa initiative. There are also 24 Home Base Iowa communities around the State, and we have 16 educational institutions that are working with the initiative and have been deemed Certified Higher Academic Military Partners. All that great participation and success is thanks to the Governor's leadership.
Through the years, our State has been incredibly fortunate to have a Governor who truly cares about the people and our veterans. The fact that he continues to wear his uniform for various veterans' events in Iowa further illustrates his support, his leadership, and his commitment to our men and women in uniform. Our Governor is someone who truly cares about serving others, and we are incredibly fortunate to have a leader such as he.
In light of his major and well-deserved milestone, we honor Governor Branstad's steadfast commitment and leadership to the people of Iowa.
With that, I yield the floor.
I suggest the absence of a quorum.
The PRESIDING OFFICER. The clerk will call the roll.
The senior assistant legislative clerk proceeded to call the roll.