Governor of Iowa
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The Governor of Iowa is the chief executive of the U.S. state of Iowa. The Governor is the head of the executive branch of Iowa's state government and is charged with enforcing state laws. The Governor has the power to either approve or veto bills passed by the Iowa General Assembly, to convene the legislature, and to grant pardons, except in cases of treason and impeachment. The Governor is also the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces.
|Governor of Iowa|
|Residence||Terrace Hill, Des Moines|
|Term length||Four years, no term limits|
|Inaugural holder||Ansel Briggs; 1846|
|Formation||Constitution of Iowa|
|Succession||Every four years, unless reelected|
List of GovernorsEdit
There have been 41 individuals who held the position of Iowa Governor, including the current Governor and first female to hold the position, Kim Reynolds, who was sworn in on May 24, 2017. The longest-serving Governor is Terry Branstad, who served from 1983 to 1999, and then again from 2011 to 2017. He is the longest-serving Governor in U.S. history, surpassing the previous record of 21 years set by George Clinton of New York. The shortest-serving Governor was Robert D. Fulton, who served 16 days.
Living former GovernorsEdit
There are five living former Governors of Iowa, the oldest being Robert D. Ray (1969–1983, born 1928). The most recent Governor to die was Leo Hoegh (1955–1957, born 1908), on July 15, 2000. The most recently serving Governor to die was Harold Hughes (1963–1969, born 1922), on October 23, 1996.
|Governor||Term||Date of birth (and age)|
|Robert D. Fulton||1969||May 13, 1929|
|Robert D. Ray||1969–1983||September 26, 1928|
|November 17, 1946|
|Tom Vilsack||1999–2007||December 13, 1950|
|Chet Culver||2007–2011||January 25, 1966|
- "Constitution of the State of Iowa". Iowa General Assembly. 1857. Archived from the original on July 3, 2011. Retrieved November 8, 2014.
- "Amendments to the Constitution of Iowa". Iowa General Assembly. 1998. Retrieved November 8, 2014.
- "Constitution of the State of Iowa". Iowa General Assembly. 1846. Retrieved November 8, 2014.
- "CSG Releases 2013 Governor Salaries". The Council of State Governments. June 25, 2013. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
- IA Const. art. IV, § 1.
- IA Const. art. IV, § 9.
- IA Const. art III, § 16
- IA Const. art. IV, § 11.
- IA Const., art. IV, § 16.
- IA Const. art. IV, § 7.