Kim Reynolds

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Kim Reynolds
Kim Reynolds by Gage Skidmore (cropped).jpg
43rd Governor of Iowa
Assumed office
May 24, 2017
Lieutenant Adam Gregg (Acting)
Preceded by Terry Branstad
Lieutenant Governor of Iowa
In office
January 14, 2011 – May 24, 2017
Governor Terry Branstad
Preceded by Patty Judge
Succeeded by Adam Gregg (Acting)
Member of the Iowa Senate
from the 48th district
In office
January 11, 2009 – November 12, 2010
Preceded by Jeff Angelo
Succeeded by Joni Ernst
Personal details
Born Kimberly Kay Strawn
(1959-08-04) August 4, 1959 (age 58)
Truro, Iowa, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Kevin Reynolds (1982–present)
Children 3
Residence Terrace Hill

Kimberly Kay Reynolds (born August 4, 1959) is the 43rd and current Governor of Iowa. She previously served as the Lieutenant Governor of Iowa[1] and assumed the governorship when incumbent Governor Terry Branstad became the United States Ambassador to China.[2] Reynolds is the first female to serve as Governor of Iowa.[3]

Prior to serving as lieutenant governor, Reynolds was a state senator from Osceola.

Early life, education, and family[edit]

Reynolds was born Kimberly Kay Strawn in Truro, Iowa and raised in St. Charles.

She attended Northwest Missouri State University, where she took classes in business, consumer sciences and clothing sales and design between 1977 and 1980. She later took classes at Southeastern Community College in the late 1980s, and then took accounting classes at Southwestern Community College between 1992 and 1995. She did not earn a degree from any of these institutions.[4] In 2012, it was reported that she was taking classes at Upper Iowa University with the goal of "having degree in hand" before the 2014 election.[5] In 2016, she received a Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree from Iowa State University.[6]

Reynolds was twice sentenced for driving under the influence of alcohol, first in 1999 and again in 2000.[7] The 2000 case was originally charged as a Second Offense OWI, but eventually reduced to First Offense OWI. Reynolds was sentenced to pay a $1,500 fine and serve 12 months of informal probation. A related open container charge was dropped entirely.[8]

Reynolds has worked as a pharmacist assistant. She was also on the staff for the Clarke County Treasurer's Office, Department of Motor Vehicles. She then worked as a Board Member for the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System from 1996 to 2001.[9]

Iowa State Senate[edit]

Reynolds during her time in the state senate

Reynolds served four terms as the Clarke County Treasurer before being elected on November 4, 2008 to represent Iowa Senate District 48 in 2008, defeating Ruth Smith (D) and Rodney Schmidt (I).[10] In the senate, she was a member of five committees:

  • Economic Growth
  • Environment & Energy Independence
  • Local Government (Ranking Member)
  • Rebuild Iowa
  • Transportation
  • Appropriations Subcommittee: Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee

Lieutenant Governor (2011–2017)[edit]

On June 25, 2010, the Republican nominee for Governor Terry Branstad publicly proposed Reynolds for lieutenant governor. The next day, she received the Republican nomination from the 2010 Republican State Convention. She resigned from her Senate seat on November 12, 2010, to "focus solely on assisting Gov. (Terry) Branstad’s transition team."[11]

Reynolds was the Lieutenant Governor of Iowa from 2011 until 2017.

Unlike lieutenant governors in many other states, Reynolds had specific roles, including co-chairing the governor's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Advisory Council, co-chairing the Iowa Partnership for Economic Progress board, co-chairing the Military Children Education Coalition and serving as Gov. Branstad's representative on the board of the Iowa State Fair.[12]

She has led economic development trade missions to China, Germany, South Korea, Vietnam, the Philippines and Thailand, working towards increased exports, more foreign direct investment and new jobs for Iowa.[13] Reynolds also serves as the Chair-Elect of the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA).[14]

Governor of Iowa (2017–present)[edit]

On May 24, 2017, as the Lieutenant Governor of Iowa she assumed the governorship when incumbent Governor Terry Branstad resigned to become United States Ambassador to China. Reynolds is the first female governor of Iowa.[3]

Lieutenant Governor selection[edit]

Since Reynolds elevation to the governorship subsequently caused the vacancy of the lieutenant governorship, the subsequent selection of an unelected lieutenant governor could possibly be challenged in the Iowa Supreme Court.[15] On May 25, 2017, Reynolds announced Adam Gregg would serve as her acting Lieutenant Governor of Iowa, therefore not in the line of succession for the governorship, to avoid a legal dispute. Reynolds is waiting on a change to the Iowa State Constitution, which would require action by the Iowa Legislative Assembly and a statewide vote. Gregg's salary will be commensurate to the lieutenant general position ($103,212).[16]

Electoral history[edit]

Iowa State Senate District 48 Republican Primary Election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Kim Reynolds 2,487 61.77
Republican Jim Parker 1,539 38.23
Iowa State Senate District 48 Election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Kim Reynolds 14,274 52.97
Democratic Ruth Smith 11,653 43.24
Independent Rodney Schmidt 1,021 3.79
Iowa gubernatorial election, 2010[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Terry Branstad/ Kim Reynolds 589,828 52.86% +8.2%
Democratic Chet Culver/ Patty Judge (incumbent) 481,590 43.16% -10.8%
Majority 108,238 9.7%
Turnout 1,047,714
Republican gain from Democratic Swing
Iowa gubernatorial election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Party Terry Branstad/ Kim Reynolds (incumbent) 666,032 58.99
Democratic Party Jack Hatch/ Monica Vernon 420,787 37.27
Libertarian Party Lee Deakins Hieb/ Tim Watson 20,321 1.80
New Independent Party Iowa Jim Hennager/ Mary Margaret Krieg 10,582 0.94
Iowa Party Jonathan Narcisse/ Michael Richards 10,240 0.91
Write-ins Write-ins 1,095 0.10


  1. ^ "About the Lt. Governor". Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Iowa. 2013-06-06. Retrieved 2017-05-23. 
  2. ^ Press, Associated. "UPDATE: Branstad will resign on Wednesday after Senate confirms Branstad as Ambassador to China". Retrieved 2017-05-23. 
  3. ^ a b "How Kim Reynolds ascended to Iowa's governorship". Des Moines Register. Retrieved 2017-05-23. 
  4. ^ "Kim Reynolds high school graduate looking for work - Daily Times Herald". Retrieved 29 June 2017. 
  5. ^ ""CBS Local," accessed December 19, 2016". 2012-12-25. Retrieved 2017-06-29. 
  6. ^ ""The Gazette (Cedar Rapids)," accessed December 19, 2016". Retrieved 29 June 2017. 
  7. ^ "Incoming governor wants to be an example for those with alcohol addiction". Retrieved 29 June 2017. 
  8. ^ Iowa Criminal Case Number 05911 OWOM016618 (WARREN), Accessed May 20, 2017.
  9. ^ "Kim Reynolds". Ballotpedia. 
  10. ^ "Election Results & Statistics". Retrieved 29 June 2017. 
  11. ^ Wilson, Kyle (November 15, 2010). "Reynolds resigns, Culver to set special election". Creston News Advertiser. Shaw Media. Retrieved November 16, 2010. 
  12. ^ "How Successful Are Lieutenant Governors Seeking the Governorship?". Retrieved 29 June 2017. 
  13. ^ [1][dead link]
  14. ^ [2][dead link]
  15. ^ "Sources Confirm Adam Gregg Set to Become Governor Reynolds’ New Lt. Governor". 2017-05-25. Retrieved 2017-05-25. 
  16. ^ Murphy, Erin. "Reynolds to make Gregg ‘acting’ lieutenant governor". Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier. Retrieved 2017-05-25. 
  17. ^ "2010 Gubernatorial General Election Results-Iowa". 

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Preceded by
Jeff Angelo
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