Governor Branstad Sworn in for Historic Sixth Term

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Governor Branstad delivers his inaugural address on Friday, January 16, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (Sam Hoyle/WHO-HD)

Governor Branstad delivers his inaugural address on Friday, January 16, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (Sam Hoyle/WHO-HD)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Governor Terry Branstad was sworn in for a historic sixth term Friday morning.

During his inaugural speech Friday, Branstad reflected on the accomplishments of his previous term. “We balanced our budget and we got our fiscal house in order. Today, our rainy day funds are again full and we operate on a two-year budget with five-year projections ensuring stability and predictability for Iowa taxpayers.”

The ceremony was held inside the Community Choice Credit Union’s Ballroom and will put him on track to become the longest-serving governor in U.S. history.

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That feat will come in mid-December when he will claim the record from Revolution-era New York Governor George Clinton.

Gov. Branstad will end the day celebrating with 2,000 others, including Governor Chris Christie, at the inauguration ball also being held at the Community Choice Credit Union’s Ballroom.

Tickets to the ball, which have sold out, cost $75 with a portion of the funds raised going to the Branstad-Reynolds Scholarship Fund.


  • Harold Peedmont

    Obviously, Mitchell doesn’t speak for everybody when he uses the term “we”. Near as I can tell, Governor Branstad did not install himself in the Governor’s office, seize power by force, or round up dead people to vote five or six times. He was elected to the office six times by a significant majority of live Iowa voters. Get over it already. To hear some of the whiners and doomsayers on here seethe about him being there, you would think he threw Chet out of the Capitol and just moved himself in. For those who oppose him, get involved in Iowa politics and elect someone else legitimately by appealing to the voters with a viable alternative. You will need to do better than the likes of Jack Hatch to get the job done. How about Mike Gronstal? That should be interesting.

  • Rebecca Hergert

    I think they look pretty good for their age, even though we didn’t vote for them.
    Maybe some hair dye & a weekly work-out with Sonya & Erin!!

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