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August 30th, 2013
 

Jeff Boeyink stepping down as Governor Branstad’s Chief of Staff

Boeyink says working for Terry Branstad:  “The honor of my life”

(DES MOINES) – Jeff Boeyink, Chief of Staff for Gov. Terry Branstad, today announced he is stepping down from his position. Boeyink, who served as the governor’s campaign manager in 2009/10, as co-chair of the transition team following the successful November 2010 election, and as Gov. Branstad’s chief of staff since the January 2011 inaugural, will leave the position on Friday, September 6.

“Working for Terry Branstad has been the honor of my life and the decision to leave this office is the most difficult I have ever made,” said Boeyink. “I am exceptionally proud of the team we have assembled to serve the governor and lt. governor and believe the unprecedented results we secured in the last three years, and in particular in the most recent legislative session, are a testament to our collective vision and hard work.”

“I am looking forward to taking my first vacation since 2008 before I begin a new career in the private sector,” Boeyink continued. “In addition, I will now have the opportunity to provide more time and effort in helping build the governor’s campaign effort as we look forward to a potential reelection run in 2014. My commitment to Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds is as strong as ever and I want to help ensure they are leading our state for many years to come.”

“Jeff Boeyink has been a valued part of our team since joining me on the campaign in 2009 and his leadership in this office and the entire executive branch will be greatly missed,” said Branstad. “His ability to identify talent, and to train and mentor those with whom he works, has been instrumental in helping us achieve the biggest property tax cut in state history, landmark education reform, and a new modern outcomes-based health care system that will be a model for the nation.”

“Jeff was a strong and steady force who gave tireless energy to support the efforts of Governor Branstad and me as we work to make good on our goals to create jobs, increase family incomes, reduce the size and cost of government, and restore Iowa’s place as an educational leader,” said Reynolds. “He embedded those goals through every layer of the executive branch in his daily work and that commitment has made a difference.”

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Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of TheIowaRepublican.com, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and TheIowaRepublican.com as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, TheIowaRepublcian.com. Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.




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