Iowa Governor Branstad confirmed as US Ambassador to China

Iowa Governor Branstad confirmed as US Ambassador to China

Lauded by Trump for his decades-long relationship with Xi, two days before the election he said Branstad would be "our prime candidate to take care of China". Their first meeting took place in 1985 when Xi was then a local provincial official who led an agriculture delegation to Iowa.

"This guy loves this state, and the people of Iowa understood that and respected it and as a result I think he was the most successful politician in the history of the state", said Doug Gross, a Des Moines lawyer who served as Branstad's chief of staff and was the 2002 GOP gubernatorial candidate in Iowa.

But the 70-year-old who's leaving to be President Donald Trump's ambassador to China may get the most attention for his actions during his final year in office, when Republicans controlled the governor's office and both chambers of the Legislature for the first time in almost 20 years. With more than 22 years at the helm of state government, he is the country's longest serving governor. Elevent Democrats and Sen.

Earlier this month, the six-term Republican governor was approved unanimously by the 21-person Senate Foreign Relations Committee to advance his nomination to the full Senate for the final vote.

Branstad said he and his wife plan to maintain their home on Lake Panorama and are in the process of sorting and packing things that will either go there or to China.

He served as the governor of Iowa in 1983-1999, and again since 2011.

Upon her swearing in, Reynolds, 57, will become Iowa's first female governor.

I'm honored to have the opportunity today to speak to my colleagues about my good friend, Governor Terry Branstad.

After the Senate vote, Branstad thanked Trump and Vice President Pence for the nomination and the Senate for the confidence they have placed in him.

Iowa's junior senator Joni Ernst, a Republican, also rose in support of Branstad in the Senate, calling his new position "one of the most important ambassadorial positions in the world". "He is a workhorse who is unafraid to get into the trenches to get the job done".

Terry Branstad has been cleared to head to China.

"She has been shielded so far by Branstad's success, enacting much of what he wanted the legislature to do", said Mack Shelley, chair of the political science department.

Although his heart will always be in Iowa, I know that Governor Branstad will throw himself into this job whole-heartedly.

"I will not shed a tear for his departure to China".

Branstad is expected to resign and be formally sworn in as ambassador sometime in the next few days.

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