Senate confirms Iowa governor as China envoy

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Branstad applauded a recent trade deal that will, among other things, allow USA beef and poultry to be sold in China for the first time since 2003.

The Senate voted to confirm Iowa Governor Terry Branstad to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the People's Republic of China. Shortly after his resignation, Reynolds will be sworn in as Iowa's 43rd governor in a ceremony at the Iowa State Capitol Building in Des Moines.

Importantly, Governor Branstad also knows China and its leaders well. In 2012, as a vice president, Xi returned to Muscatine, a small town in eastern Iowa, to meet his host family from the 1985 trip.

Iowa Republicans, who engineered a contentious and remarkable conservative shift in direction for state government for Branstad's final legislative session, call him a living legend.

Branstad says he intends to use his decades-long relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping to advance US and worldwide interests. He was confirmed 82-13 by the U.S. Senate Monday afternoon.

Prior to joining the Branstad administration in 2011 as lieutenant governor, Reynolds served as Clarke County treasurer and was elected to the Iowa Senate in 2009. "Kevin and I wish Gov. Branstad and the First Lady our very best in their new mission." . "I intend to continue to work hard right up until the end".

This nominee received unanimous support in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee more than a week ago.

We're hopeful as well, as we watch Branstad begin to representing Iowa, and the a whole, on a global scale.

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Branstad was the longest-serving governor in United States history at more than 22 years. "The fact is, he's been an ambassador for Iowa to the nation and to world for his entire career", Grassley said.

As governor, he's been vigorous in promoting our state's economy and opening markets for our farm commodities, financial services and manufacturing to the world marketplace. "His experience on these issues will guide him as he works to strengthen our relationship with China and pursue trade policies that can benefit American workers and businesses".

He also was an early supporter and key Iowa adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump during his successful White House bid in 2016. Their relationship reflects genuine goodwill and mutual respect.

Among the groups that have been critical of Branstad is Progress Iowa, a self-proclaimed advocacy group.

He will bring Midwestern humility and level-headed leadership to the job. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, who called him "the right person for the job" and by Sen.

"The support of the party will transfer seamlessly from Gov. Branstad to Gov. Reynolds", he said.

Now that Branstad has been confirmed, he'll need to step down from his current role as governor. "She's a thrower and I'm a saver, let's put it that way, but that's always been the case".