Gov. Terry Branstad
Gov. Terry Branstad was born, raised and educated in Iowa. A native of Leland, Branstad was elected to the Iowa House in 1972, ’74 and ’76, and elected as Iowa’s lieutenant governor in 1978.
Iowa's longest-serving governor
Branstad was Iowa’s longest-serving governor, from 1983 to 1999. As the state’s chief executive, he weathered some of Iowa’s worst economic turmoil, during the farm crisis of the '80s, while helping lead the state’s resurgence to a booming economy in the '90s.
At the end of his tenure, Iowa enjoyed record employment and a $900 million budget surplus. Iowa’s unemployment rate dropped from 8.5 percent when he took office to 2.5 percent by the time he left in 1999.
Following his four terms as governor, Branstad served a six-year tenure as president of Des Moines University, a graduate health sciences university.
Branstad retired from Des Moines University to make another successful run for governor in 2010. He and his running mate state Senator Kim Reynolds were sworn into office as Iowa’s governor and lieutenant governor on Jan. 14, 2011.
Gov. Branstad and his wife Chris have three grown children and four grandchildren.
Gov. Terry Branstad will help open the installation ceremony (Sept. 14, 10-11:30 a.m., Stephens Auditorium) with a greeting on behalf of the State of Iowa.