Terry Edward Branstad is an American politician, academic administrator and diplomat who served as US Ambassador to China from 2017 to 2020. As a member of the Republican Party, he previously served as governor of Iowa. Branstad also served three terms in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1973 to 1979. Branstad was Iowa's 39th governor from 1983 to 1999. After retiring from politics, he served as president of 'Dai'. Des Moines study from 2003 to 2009. In 2010, he ran for governor again and defeated incumbent Chet Culver to become the state's 42nd governor. He was re-elected for a sixth term in 2014. In December 2015, he passed George Clinton of New York to become the longest-serving governor in US history, with 8,169 days in office. In December 2016, Branstad accepted President Donald Trump's appointment as US Ambassador to China. He was confirmed and sworn in in May 2017.
|Born||Terry Edward Branstad, November 17, 1946, Leland, Iowa, U.S.|
|Education||University of Iowa (BA), Drake University (JD)|
|Preceded by||Max Baucus|
|Succeeded by||Robert W. Forden, Chargé d'Affaires, a.i.|
This Republican Party politician ran for governor of Iowa again more than a decade after his five terms as the state's 39th Governor ended, and was elected the state's 42nd Governor. He also served as President of Des Moines University from 2003 until 2009.
He received his J.D. from Drake University after graduating from the University of Iowa. He worked as a military police officer in the United States Army between his undergraduate and law school years.
When he took office as Governor of Iowa in 1983, he was the state's youngest governor in history. He set even another milestone when he began his sixth term in 2011, having served longer than any other governor in US history.
As the son of Edward Branstad and Rita Garland, he grew up in Leland, Iowa. He married Christine Anne Johnson later in life.
Branstad was named Chairman of the President's Commission on Excellence in Special Education by US President George W. Bush.
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