Reynolds Praises Mentor Branstad, Says She’s ‘Prepared’ for New Role

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Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds

Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds

BELLEVUE, Iowa — Iowa’s next governor revealed some of her goals for the upcoming legislative session during a stop in eastern Iowa Tuesday.

Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds spoke with students in Bellevue Tuesday and afterward she took some time to talk about transitioning into the role of governor. She says she’s ready for the job when Gov. Terry Branstad moves into his new position as U.S. Ambassador to China in President-elect Donald Trump’s administration.

“I’ve had the opportunity to work alongside the best governor in the nation, so I couldn’t ask for a better mentor and a better teacher. And I’ve been involved with every aspect of the executive branch for the last six years, so I know what I’m facing, what I’m getting into, and I’m prepared,” Reynolds said.

She says she’s looking forward to the legislative session and said her top priorities are the economy, education, and clean water.