By: Noah Petersen
Governor Terry Branstad was born, raised and educated in IA. Branstad was elected to the Iowa House in 1972, 74 and 76, and elected as Iowa's lieutenant governor in 1978. Branstad was Iowa's longest-serving governor, from 1983 to 1999. As a result, Iowa added more than 46,000 gross new jobs in 2011. He is a native of Leland. As the states cheif executive, he weathered some of Iowa's worst economic turmail, during the crisis of the 80's while helping lead the state's resurgence to a booming economy in the 90's. Following his four terms as governor, Branstad went on to serve as a president of Des Moines University (DMU). During his 6-year tenure, he was able to grow the university into a world-class education facility. He and his wife Chris have three grown children. Thanks for listening!