Senate votes to confirm Branstad as ambassador to China

Kim Reynolds

China yesterday welcomed the US Senate's confirmation of Iowa Governor Terry Branstad as US ambassador to Beijing, praising his "positive role" in Sino-US relations.

Branstad is expected to resign and be formally sworn in as ambassador sometime in the next few days.

"The support of the party will transfer seamlessly from Gov. Branstad to Gov. Reynolds", he said. "And I know she's got to earn it by what she does but I think she's proven to me that she's ready to do the job and do it well", Branstad said on Tuesday. "These activities have directly impacted USA corn sales by helping us build trade relationships with our global customers", said Hora, a Washington, Iowa, corn farmer. "That says that you believe in yourself and you believe in the mission and that's part of being a leader...convincing them that investment in you is an investment in Iowa and an investment in this state", Reynolds said. He will then be sworn in as U.S. ambassador to the People's Republic of China by Judge Steven Colloton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

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Reynolds announced that she had made a decision on whether or not she would appoint someone to the position last week, but did not disclose details on her decision.

Due to limited space, Branstad's resignation and swearing in will be pool. Reynolds said living in a small town prepared her well for the tasks ahead.

She told an audience Wednesday at the Iowa Capitol she wants to reform the state tax code and encourage innovation in energy production, especially wind power and renewable fuels.

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Kim Reynolds has the knowledge and experience to take on the role of Governor and move Iowa forward. Individuals also circled around an upper floor to view the historic event from the railings.

"My goal in life was to be governor of Iowa and I've had the great honor and opportunity to do that now longer than anybody else has ever served in this state or any other state", Branstad said.

Terry Branstad is now officially Ambassador Terry Branstad. Reynolds is well aware that as Iowa's first female governor, she's breaking barriers.

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As governor, he signed nearly too many bills to count. She will be sworn in by Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady. "But sometimes we're called to serve in ways that we never imagined. If the past seven years are any indication, Iowans aren't going to see this leadership from Governor Reynolds".

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