Terry E. Branstad was sworn in as governor of Iowa on January 14, 2011. Branstad is Iowa’s longest-serving governor, serving in office from 1983 to 1999. He became Iowa’s lieutenant governor in 1978 and was elected to the Iowa House of Representatives in 1972, 1974 and 1976. Recently, Branstad served as president of Des Moines University. Under Branstad’s leadership, the university became the first college in the U.S. to receive the “Platinum Level of Recognition” from the Wellness Council of America. He and his wife, Chris, have three children and four grandchildren.
ERNST, Joni, a Senator from Iowa; born in Red Oak, Montgomery County, Iowa, July 1, 1970; B.A., Iowa State University, 1992; M.P.A., Columbus College (now Columbus State University), Columbus, Ga., 1995; United States Army Reserves, 1993-2001; Iowa Army National Guard, 2001-present, attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel; auditor of Montgomery County, Iowa, 2005-2011; member of the Iowa state senate 2011-2014; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 2014 for the term ending January 3, 2021.
GRASSLEY, Charles Ernest, a Senator and a Representative from Iowa; born in New Hartford, Butler County, Iowa, September 17, 1933; attended the public schools; graduated, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls 1955; received a graduate degree from the same university in 1956; pursued graduate work, University of Iowa, Iowa City 1957-1958; engaged in agriculture; part-time university instructor; member, Iowa house of representatives 1959-1974; elected in 1974 as a Republican to the Ninety-fourth Congress; reelected to the Ninety-fifth and Ninety-sixth Congresses (January 3, 1975-January 3, 1981); was not a candidate in 1980 for reelection to the House of Representatives, but was elected to the Senate in 1980; reelected in 1986, 1992, 1998, 2004 and again in 2010 for the term ending January 3, 2017; chair, Special Committee on Aging (One Hundred Fifth Congress), Committee on Finance (One Hundred Seventh Congress [January 20 to June 6, 2001], One Hundred Eighth and One Hundred Ninth Congresses), Committee on the Judiciary (One Hundred Fourteenth Congress).
YOUNG, David, a Representative from Iowa; born in Van Meter, Dallas County, Iowa, May 11, 1968; graduated from Johnston High School, Johnston, Iowa, 1986; B.A., Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, 1991; businessman; staff, United States Senator Hank Brown of Colorado, 1993-1996; staff, campaign manager, United States Senator James Bunning of Kentucky, 1998-2006; Chief of Staff, United States Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa, 2006-2013; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Fourteenth Congress (January 3, 2015-present).
BLUM, Rod, a Representative from Iowa; born in Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa, April 26, 1955; graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, Dubuque, Iowa, 1973; B.A., Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa, 1977; M.B.A., University of Dubuque, Dubuque, Iowa, 1989; business executive; unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States House of Representatives in 2011; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Fourteenth Congress (January 3, 2015-present).
KING, Steve, a Representative from Iowa; born in Storm Lake, Buena Vista County, Iowa, May 28, 1949; graduated from Denison Community High School, Denison, Iowa; attended Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Mo., 1967-1970; business owner; member of the Iowa state senate, 1996-2002; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Eighth and to the six succeeding Congresses (January 3, 2003-present).