REGENTS VOTE: Senate Rejects Two Nominees

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Iowa senators voted late Monday afternoon to reject two of Governor Branstad’s Board of Regents nominees.  The third nominee was confirmed.

Current Regent’s President Craig Lang and Robert Cramer both failed to receive the 34 votes necessary to be confirmed.

Lang was just 4 votes shy, while Cramer was voted down 27 to 23.

Both men had been criticized in recent weeks; many in the democratic controlled senate believed Lang had politicized the work of the regents.  Other senators were wary of Cramer’s work with the anti-homosexual group the Family Leader.

The senate did confirm Dr. Subhash Sahai.

In a statement released shortly after the vote, Governor Branstad expressed his frustration with the outcomes of the votes saying, “Both Robert and Craig answered the call to public service, and they both deserved the opportunity to serve on the Board of Regents. Craig Lang showed great leadership while on the Board of Regents and Robert Cramer brought unique experience in the construction industry. I am greatly disappointed that these two fine individuals were treated in such a shabby manner.”

Senate Majority Leader Michael Gronstal also released a statement. He said, “the few appointees that failed to be confirmed received serious, substantial consideration and their non-confirmation came after concerns were addressed in a professional manner.”

Governor Branstad will now have to choose two nominees for the board.

He hasn’t said when that will happen.