Terry Branstad

Gov. Branstad leaves Iowa with new voter ID, anti-union laws

Iowa Republican Gov. Terry Branstad's upcoming departure to Beijing marks the end of a career in state politics that spans several decades.

As the longest-serving governor in the U.S. at more than 22 years, Branstad oversaw Iowa throughout the farm crisis of the 1980s that brought financial ruin to many farmers and during the Great Flood of 1993 that inundated communities throughout the Midwest. But the 70-year-old who's leaving to be President Donald Trump's ambassador to China may get the most attention for his actions during his final year in office, when Republicans controlled the governor's office and both chambers of the Legislature for the first time in nearly 20...

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