Adam Gregg

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Adam Gregg
Adam Gregg on EPA Iowa state action tour.jpg
47th Lieutenant Governor of Iowa
Assumed office
January 18, 2019
Acting: May 25, 2017 – January 18, 2019
GovernorKim Reynolds
Preceded byKim Reynolds
Public Defender of Iowa
In office
December 8, 2014 – May 25, 2017
GovernorTerry Branstad
Preceded byKurt Swaim (acting)
Succeeded byLarry Johnson
Personal details
Born (1983-04-26) April 26, 1983 (age 35)
Hawarden, Iowa, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Cari Gregg
EducationCentral College, Iowa (BA)
Drake University (JD)

Adam Gregg (born April 26, 1983) is an American politician serving as the 47th and current Lieutenant Governor of Iowa since 2019.[1] He previously served as Acting Lieutenant Governor from 2017 to 2019. A member of the Republican Party, he previously served as Public Defender of Iowa having been appointed on December 8, 2014 after losing the November 2014 race for Attorney General of Iowa to Democrat Tom Miller.[2]

Early life, education, and family[edit]

A sixth-generation Iowan, Gregg was born in Hawarden, Iowa. He married his West Sioux High School sweetheart, Cari. They have two children, Jackson and Lauren.[3][4]

In 2006, Gregg graduated first in his class from Central College with a B.A. in political science and history. Gregg played football for the Central College Dutch from 2002 to 2005. From 2006 to 2009, he attended Drake University Law School on a full scholarship and graduated with high honors. While there, he earned the faculty's William and Ellen Cooney Hoye Award and was a junior staff member of the Drake Law Review.[5]

Early political career[edit]

During his time at Central College, he interned with the United States Department of Defense and Congress, and Parliament of the United Kingdom. During his time at Drake University Law School, he conducted legal research for Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady.

Gregg worked as a government relations attorney at the BrownWinick law firm in Des Moines from 2009 until 2014, when he joined Iowa Governor Terry Branstad's office as a legislative liaison and policy advisor. He assisted in crafting the Governor's budget and policy agenda.

He was the Republican nominee for Attorney General of Iowa in 2014. He lost to the long-time incumbent attorney general, Democrat Tom Miller.[6]

Gregg was appointed by Governor Terry Branstad to serve as the Iowa State Public Defender on December 8, 2014.

Acting Lieutenant Governor of Iowa (2017–2019)[edit]


As the previous Lieutenant Governor of Iowa, Kim Reynolds assumed Iowa's governorship when incumbent Governor Terry Branstad resigned to become United States Ambassador to China.[7][8] Due to ambiguities in Iowa's constitution and a controversial advisory opinion issued by Attorney General Tom Miller, there was some dispute regarding Reynolds' power to appoint a new lieutenant governor with the power to succeed her if she left office prior to the expiration of Branstad's unfilled term. To avoid the possibility of legal challenges, Reynolds appointed Gregg to the duties of the position of Lieutenant Governor of Iowa on May 25, 2017.[9] Gregg will have all of the duties of Lieutenant Governor, but not the office itself, and so will not be in the line of gubernatorial succession. Gregg will receive the salary set by Iowa law for the lieutenant governor position ($103, 212).[10]

Lieutenant Governor of Iowa (2019–present)[edit]

Gregg was sworn in as the 47th lieutenant governor on January 18, 2019.

Electoral history[edit]

Iowa Attorney General election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Tom Miller (incumbent) 616,711 53.99
Republican Adam Gregg 481,046 42.11
Write-ins Write-ins 1,249 0.11

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Iowa, website.
  2. ^ "Iowa Attorney General Miller 'off and running' for ninth term". The Gazette. Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  3. ^ "About Adam - Adam Gregg for Attorney General". Adam Gregg for Attorney General. Archived from the original on February 24, 2017. Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  4. ^ "Meet the candidate, Iowa Attorney General: Adam Gregg". Des Moines Register. Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  5. ^ "State Public Defender | State Public Defender". Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  6. ^ "Attorney general: Miller snags ninth term". Des Moines Register. Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  7. ^ "About the Lt. Governor". Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Iowa. June 6, 2013. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  8. ^ Press, Associated. "Update: Branstad will resign on Wednesday after Senate confirms Branstad as Ambassador to China". Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  9. ^ "Sources Confirm Adam Gregg Set to Become Governor Reynolds' New Lt. Governor". May 25, 2017. Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  10. ^ Murphy, Erin. "Reynolds to make Gregg 'acting' lieutenant governor". Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier. Retrieved May 25, 2017.
Political offices
Preceded by
Kurt Swaim
Public Defender of Iowa
Succeeded by
Larry Johnson
Preceded by
Kim Reynolds
Lieutenant Governor of Iowa
Acting: 2017–2019