Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds says she and Governor Branstad have had an “excellent working relationship” and she’s prepared to take over as the state’s chief executive when Branstad leaves to become the U.S. Ambassador to China.
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An outline for the transition of power is being developed, but there’s no date set for Reynolds to take the oath of office and become Iowa’s next governor.
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Branstad will deliver the annual “Condition of the State” message to legislators in early January and present a state budget outline for the coming year.
Reynolds isn’t ready to say who she’s considering to invite to be her lieutenant governor once she takes the oath and is Iowa’s 43rd governor, but she has “a lot of individuals” on her list.
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Reynolds is the fifth woman in a row to serve as lieutenant governor.
Until 2014 — when Joni Ernst was elected to the U.S. Senate — only the states of Iowa and Mississippi had never elected a women as governor or to federal office.