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25 May 2017, 01:40 | Vickie Mathis
Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds hugs Governor Branstad
The State Department tells us they have nothing to announce on when the swearing in ceremony for Branstad will take place. "We congratulate Ambassador Branstad on his confirmation and look forward to a great champion for ethanol to serve in this role", said Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy.
Branstad was sworn in as ambassador by federal Judge Steve Colloton in front of an audience of about 85 people, including his wife, Chris, their children and five of the Branstad grandchildren. Branstad was the nation's longest-serving governor, being in the top job for more than 22 years.
About 85 people were in attendance to witness Republican Terry Branstad resign as Iowa governor and become the USA ambassador to China.
Branstad will help shepherd the 100-day action plan on economic cooperation that was launched between the two countries in April, when Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Trump at the United States leader's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
Branstad said he made the trip back to "where it all began" to visit with friends and family members, view a "Freedom Rock" bearing a painting of him in his military uniform, and stop by the museum in Forest City where some of his political memorabilia is kept to bring them more "stuff" from his years as governor. "I liked her style". "I know nobody that has ever been as well prepared to take over the responsibilities as the chief executive of the state as Kim Reynolds". He is due to be replaced in Des Moines by Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, who would be the state's first woman governor. "You continue to make us proud".
"There's no better job in the world than being governor of the state that you love", Branstad said. "Iowa is in good hands under her leadership, and I look forward to working with Governor Reynolds on behalf of Iowans". Her third key focus will be on education.
"Women from across our state are watching today as the first woman in Iowa history becomes governor", Upmeyer said in introducing Reynolds.
Branstad signed a range of conservative-leaning legislation this year amid new Republican control of the statehouse. "Working together, we can have the most innovative energy policy in the country", Reynolds said.
The 57-year-old Reynolds is set to become Iowa's 43rd governor, formally succeeding Republican Terry Branstad. Senate Democratic Leader Rob Hogg said he is eager to see whether Reynolds does things differently.
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