(DES MOINES) Today, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds issued the following statement in regards to Gov. Terry Branstad being nominated to serve as U.S. Ambassador to China in the Trump-Pence Administration:
President-elect Trump's decision to nominate Gov. Branstad as Ambassador to China speaks volumes about the character, talent and experience of Gov. Terry Branstad. As America's longest-serving governor, I can think of no one more qualified and ready to represent Iowa and the United States of America on the world stage than Gov. Branstad. His hands-on experience in advancing trade opportunities for Iowa farmers and Iowa companies coupled with his strong and lasting relationship with President Xi Jinping, as well as other leaders in China will serve him well in strengthening U.S.-China relations.
Gov. Branstad has been my mentor and friend, devoting his life to advocating for Iowa. His record-setting public service as governor speaks for itself and has, without a doubt, made this state better. Gov. Branstad has never backed down from a challenge. I'm excited and proud to see him accept the responsibility as top envoy between the U.S. and China, and know that Iowans will be proud of his service on the world stage. I have been honored to be a full partner with Gov. Branstad in this Administration and know that the experience I've gained over the last six years has prepared me well for this next chapter of service to all Iowans.
Iowa Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds with Brian Gumm (left) and State Rep. Dean Fisher (R-Garwin) right during a visit to Gumm's Ross Street Coffee in Tama in August, 2106.
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My family and I wish to extend Gov. Branstad, Chris and their family our most sincere congratulations as they accept this role together, knowing full well they will never be far from Iowa.
Information on a transition will be forthcoming.