Kim Reynolds

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Kim Reynolds
Kim Reynolds, Lt. Governor of Iowa.jpg
47th Lieutenant Governor of Iowa
Assumed office
January 14, 2011
Governor Terry Branstad
Preceded by Patty Judge
Member of the Iowa Senate
from the 48th district
In office
January 11, 2009 – November 12, 2010
Preceded by Jeff Angelo
Succeeded by Joni Ernst
Personal details
Born Kimberly Kay Strawn
(1959-08-04) August 4, 1959 (age 59)
Truro, Iowa, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Kevin Reynolds (1982–present)
Children Nicole
Alma mater Northwest Missouri State University (Attended, did not graduate)
Southeastern Community College (Attended, did not graduate)
Southwestern Community College (Attended, did not graduate)[1]

Kim Reynolds (born August 4, 1959) is the 47th and current Lieutenant Governor of Iowa and a former state senator from Osceola.

Early life, education, and career

Reynolds was born in Truro, Iowa and raised in St. Charles.

She attended Northwest Missouri State University, where she took classes in business, consumer sciences and clothing sales and design between 1977 and 1980. She later took classes at Southeastern Community College in the late 1980s, and then took accounting classes at Southwestern Community College between 1992 to 1995. She did not graduate from any of these institutions.[2]

Reynolds has worked as a pharmacist assistant. She was also on the staff for the Clarke County Treasurer's Office, Department of Motor Vehicles. She then worked as a Board Member for the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System from 1996 to 2001.[3]

Reynolds was twice convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol.[4]

Iowa State Senate

Reynolds served four terms as the Clarke County Treasurer before being elected on November 4, 2008 to represent Iowa Senate District 48 in 2008, defeating Ruth Smith (D) and Rodney Schmidt (I).[5] In the senate, she was a member of five committees:

  • Economic Growth
  • Environment & Energy Independence
  • Local Government (Ranking Member)
  • Rebuild Iowa
  • Transportation
  • Appropriations Subcommittee: Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee

On June 25, 2010, Republican nominee for Governor Terry Branstad publicly proposed Reynolds for lieutenant governor. The next day, she received the Republican nomination from the 2010 Republican State Convention. She resigned from her Senate seat on November 12, 2010, to "focus solely on assisting Gov. (Terry) Branstad’s transition team."[6]

Lieutenant Governor of Iowa

Reynolds speaking at an event hosted by the Iowa Republican Party in October 2015.

Reynolds is the Lieutenant Governor of Iowa, serving since 2011.

Unlike lieutenant governors in many other states, Reynolds has specific roles, including co-chairing the governor's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Advisory Council, co-chairing the Iowa Partnership for Economic Progress board, co-chairing the Military Children Education Coalition and serving as Gov. Branstad's representative on the board of the Iowa State Fair.[7]

She has led economic development trade missions to China, Germany, South Korea, Vietnam, the Philippines and Thailand, working towards increased exports, more foreign direct investment and new jobs for Iowa.[8] Reynolds also serves as the Chair-Elect of the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA).[9]

Electoral history

Iowa gubernatorial election, 2010[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Terry Branstad/ Kim Reynolds 589,828 52.86% +8.2%
Democratic Chet Culver/ Patty Judge (incumbent) 481,590 43.16% -10.8%
Majority 108,238 9.7%
Turnout 1,047,714
Republican gain from Democratic Swing


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Iowa Senate
Preceded by
Jeff Angelo
Member of the Iowa Senate
from the 48th district

Succeeded by
Joni Ernst
Party political offices
Preceded by
Bob Vander Plaats
Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Iowa
Most recent
Political offices
Preceded by
Patty Judge
Lieutenant Governor of Iowa