WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) released a tribute honoring Iowa’s own Governor Terry Branstad as he makes history as the longest serving governor in the United States.

Due to the Senate schedule, the Iowa Senator was unable to deliver remarks in person at the "Governor Branstad Longest Serving Event." Click here or on the image below to watch the tribute which was played at tonight's event.


“Hello everyone! I’m so sorry I could not be there to celebrate the remarkable achievement of my friend and our very own Governor, Terry Branstad. I wish I could join all of you, but unfortunately, votes have kept me in Washington, D.C.

“Today marks his historic milestone as the nation’s longest serving governor, with 7,642 days in office working for our great state of Iowa. And what a great job he’s done.

“I’ve known Governor Branstad for more years than I want to admit, but I distinctly remember one of our first interactions at a Red Oak Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet where he was the guest speaker.

“Governor Branstad and I spoke about the military. He is a fellow veteran himself and it was then that I saw just how much love he has not only for the military, but also for government service.

“The governor shared with me that while he was stationed at Fort Bragg as a young soldier, he would leave base during his time off to watch the North Carolina General Assembly from their viewing gallery.

“Even as a young soldier, Terry Branstad was interested in public service at the state level. Now look at all that he has accomplished for Iowa.

“I also appreciate that he continues to wear his uniform for different veterans’ events in Iowa, showing his support, his leadership, and his commitment to our men and women in uniform.

“Our governor is someone who truly cares about serving others and we are incredibly fortunate to have a leader like him.

“Today, we honor his steadfast commitment to the people of Iowa.

“Congratulations, Governor Branstad and thank you for making Iowa a great place to grow.”

Last week, Senator Ernst also spoke on the Senate floor to honor Governor Branstad and highlighted his work on behalf of Iowa veterans.

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