Women in Politics
Kim Reynolds (August 4, 1959) is an American politician currently serving as the 43rd Governor of Iowa since 2017. She is the first woman to be elected to the state’s highest office in November 2018.
Reynolds was born in St. Charles, Iowa. She graduated from Interstate 35 Community School District in 1977. She went to Northwest Missouri State University for one semester, where she took classes in business, consumer sciences, and clothing sales and design in Fall 1977. She then dropped out of college and took classes at Southeastern Community College in the late 1980s, where she took accounting classes at Southwestern Community College between 1992 and 1995.
After leaving both institutions, Reynolds partially began online classes at Iowa State University in 2012 and later obtained her Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree in December 2016.
Reynolds served four terms as the Clarke County treasurer before being elected to the Iowa Senate in November 2008. On June 25, 2010, Reynolds was proposed to be the running mate as the lieutenant governor candidate. She then resigned from her Senate seat on November 12, 2010, to take office as lieutenant governor.
On May 24, 2017, Reynolds assumed the governorship upon the resignation of Governor Terry Branstad and became the first female Governor of Iowa. Governor Reynold’s priorities were focused on Iowa’s agriculture economy, quality health care, student access to quality education, and building strong and safe communities.
Under her leadership, the people of Iowa have benefitted from increased access to healthcare, the largest tax cut in state history, and tax reforms. Even under the coronavirus pandemic stress, Iowa’s economy was stable, and more than 80% of its economy was open for business, maintaining the stability of healthcare resources.
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