Reynolds says she’s prepared to be Iowa governor

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Gov. Kim Reynolds

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds says her six years in office have prepared her for her new role as governor.

Reynolds released a statement Wednesday saying “the experience I’ve gained over the last six years has prepared me well for this next chapter of service to all Iowans.”

Reynolds will become Iowa’s first female governor after current Gov. Terry Branstad steps down to become ambassador to China. President-elect Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he’d appointed Branstad to the position, which requires Senate confirmation.

In her statement, Reynolds lavished praise on Branstad, saying Trump’s nomination “speaks volumes about the character, talent and experience of Gov. Terry Branstad.”

The following is Reynolds’ statement:

“President-elect Trump’s decision to nominate Gov. Branstad as Ambassador to China speaks volumes about the character, talent and experience of Gov. Terry Branstad. As America’s longest-serving governor, I can think of no one more qualified and ready to represent Iowa and the United States of America on the world stage than Gov. Branstad. His hands-on experience in advancing trade opportunities for Iowa farmers and Iowa companies coupled with his strong and lasting relationship with President Xi Jinping, as well as other leaders in China will serve him well in strengthening U.S.-China relations.

Gov. Branstad has been my mentor and friend, devoting his life to advocating for Iowa. His record-setting public service as governor speaks for itself and has, without a doubt, made this state better. Gov. Branstad has never backed down from a challenge. I’m excited and proud to see him accept the responsibility as top envoy between the U.S. and China, and know that Iowans will be proud of his service on the world stage. I have been honored to be a full partner with Gov. Branstad in this Administration and know that the experience I’ve gained over the last six years has prepared me well for this next chapter of service to all Iowans.

My family and I wish to extend Gov. Branstad, Chris and their family our most sincere congratulations as they accept this role together, knowing full well they will never be far from Iowa.”