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Ernst Honors Branstad as Longest-Serving Governor in American History

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Written by: Craig Robinson
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) released a tribute honoring Iowa’s own Governor Terry Branstad as he makes history as the longest serving governor in the United States.

Due to the Senate schedule, the Iowa Senator was unable to deliver remarks in person at the “Governor Branstad Longest Serving Event.” Click here or on the image below to watch the tribute which was played at tonight’s event.

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

“Hello everyone! I’m so sorry I could not be there to celebrate the remarkable achievement of my friend and our very own Governor, Terry Branstad. I wish I could join all of you, but unfortunately, votes have kept me in Washington, D.C.

“Today marks his historic milestone as the nation’s longest serving governor, with 7,642 days in office working for our great state of Iowa. And what a great job he’s done.

“I’ve known Governor Branstad for more years than I want to admit, but I distinctly remember one of our first interactions at a Red Oak Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet where he was the guest speaker.

“Governor Branstad and I spoke about the military. He is a fellow veteran himself and it was then that I saw just how much love he has not only for the military, but also for government service.

“The governor shared with me that while he was stationed at Fort Bragg as a young soldier, he would leave base during his time off to watch the North Carolina General Assembly from their viewing gallery.

“Even as a young soldier, Terry Branstad was interested in public service at the state level. Now look at all that he has accomplished for Iowa. 

“I also appreciate that he continues to wear his uniform for different veterans’ events in Iowa, showing his support, his leadership, and his commitment to our men and women in uniform.

“Our governor is someone who truly cares about serving others and we are incredibly fortunate to have a leader like him.

“Today, we honor his steadfast commitment to the people of Iowa.

“Congratulations, Governor Branstad and thank you for making Iowa a great place to grow.”

Last week, Senator Ernst also spoke on the Senate floor to honor Governor Branstad and highlighted his work on behalf of Iowa veterans.


About the Author

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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