Governor of Iowa

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Governor of Iowa
Kim Reynolds by Gage Skidmore (cropped).jpg
Kim Reynolds

since May 24, 2017
Style The Honorable
Residence Terrace Hill
Term length Four years, no term limits
Precursor Governor of Iowa Territory
Inaugural holder Ansel Briggs
Formation December 3, 1846
(171 years ago)
Salary $130,000 (2013)[1]

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[2] and is charged with enforcing state laws.[3] The Governor has the power to either approve or veto bills passed by the Iowa General Assembly,[4] to convene the legislature,[5] and to grant pardons, except in cases of treason and impeachment.[6] The Governor is also the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces.[7]

There have been 41 individuals who held the position of Iowa Governor, including the current Governor and first woman 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.


There are four living former Governors of Iowa, the oldest being Robert D. Fulton (1969, born 1929). The most recent Governor to die was Robert D. Ray (1969-1983, born 1928), on July 8, 2018.

Governor Term Date of birth (and age)
Robert D. Fulton 1969 (1929-05-13) May 13, 1929 (age 89)
Terry Branstad 1983–1999
(1946-11-17) November 17, 1946 (age 71)
Tom Vilsack 1999–2007 (1950-12-13) December 13, 1950 (age 67)
Chet Culver 2007–2011 (1966-01-25) January 25, 1966 (age 52)


  1. ^ "CSG Releases 2013 Governor Salaries". The Council of State Governments. June 25, 2013. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  2. ^ IA Const. art. IV, § 1.
  3. ^ IA Const. art. IV, § 9.
  4. ^ IA Const. art III, § 16
  5. ^ IA Const. art. IV, § 11.
  6. ^ IA Const., art. IV, § 16.
  7. ^ IA Const. art. IV, § 7.