Senate confirms Branstad as Ambassador to China

Joy Corning

Once Branstad resigns as governor, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will replace him.

The longest serving state governor in US history, Branstad is now serving his sixth nonconsecutive four-year term.

"It's been a great honor to serve the people of Iowa and to serve for such a long period of time", said Branstad, whose stamp is evident from the statewide fiber-optic network to giant windmills.

He was nominated by United States president Donald Trump to be the next ambassador to China in December 2016. "None of this would have been possible without the dedicated love and support of my wife Chris and my family", Branstad said in a statement. Branstad applauded a recent trade deal that will, among other things, allow US beef and poultry to be sold in China for the first time since 2003.

"It's very clear that Gov. Branstad is someone who will represent our country well on the world stage, and we couldn't be prouder of this selection".

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"Having worked alongside the Governor for many years, I know he will exemplify the same leadership, thoughtfulness, and dedication in his role as Ambassador to China on behalf of the United States as he did for the people of Iowa", said Ernst. "Governor Branstad is uniquely qualified to help strengthen the trade, economic, cultural and geopolitical relationships between our two countries". "She's a thrower and I'm a saver, let's put it that way, but that's always been the case".

"The support of the party will transfer seamlessly from Gov. Branstad to Gov. Reynolds", he said.

State officials debated in May whether Reynolds would fill both duties of the governor and lieutenant governor, or could appoint a lieutenant governor to assist her.

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".

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. He pulled up his Democratic roots to throw in with University of Iowa Republicans, who were swimming against the political current on campus during the Vietnam War.

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