Rod Boshart

I manage the Cedar Rapids Gazette's Des Moines bureau.



With caveat, Reynolds picks lieutenant

DES MOINES - Hoping to head off a legal challenge, Gov. Kim Reynolds on Thursday appointed state Public Defender Adam Gregg to be her acting lieutenant governor - a hybrid capacity that makes him a #x201c;full partner#x201d; in her administration but le ... »

‘No better job,’ Branstad says at resignation

DES MOINES - History was on parade at the Iowa Statehouse Wednesday as Iowans bid an emotional farewell to Gov. Terry Branstad as he ended his 8,169-day run as the longest-serving governor in U.S. history and welcomed Kim Reynolds as the first woman to ... »

Branstad era as Iowa governor ending with transition Wednesday

DES MOINES - Republican Terry Branstad came full circle Tuesday by returning to his Winnebago County roots to thank the people who helped him fulfill his dream to be governor of Iowa - a post he has held for over 22 years and four months, but will relin ... »

U.S. Senate confirms Branstad

DES MOINES - On his 8,167th day as the nation's longest-serving governor, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad easily won confirmation Monday as the next ambassador to China and will resign Wednesday to clear the way for his lieutenant to assume the top job.

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Terry Branstad's right turn leads to China

DES MOINES - Terry Branstad took an unlikely path to becoming a living legend among Iowa Republicans.

Raised in a Democratic household near the Minnesota border, then immersed as a college student in one of Iowa's strongest liberal bastions duri ...

After undergoing his political conversion at the UI, Branstad did a stint as a military policeman in the Army before returning to Iowa and setting his sights on law school, with a newly grown mustache and a budding interest in political office.


Avenson arrived at the Statehouse with Branstad in early 1973 among a class of 52 freshmen legislators. He recalled Branstad as a vocal, traditional business-oriented conservative who later became a pragmatist as governor.

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Much of Branstad's focus has been a commitment to grow jobs and attract businesses to Iowa.

Gov. Terry Branstad: The Economy   ...

Branstad - who was governor from 1983 to 1999 and from 2011 to now - will leave office as the nation's longest-serving governor ever.

That record stood for over 200 years until he surpassed former New York Gov. George Clinton on his 7,642nd day ... »

State of Iowa urging driver safety as traffic picks up

DES MOINES - State transportation officials are using new technology in highway work zones to better manage traffic and improve safety, but Gov. Terry Branstad joined others Monday in stressing the best defense against work zone deaths is being an alert ... »

Iowa ag secretary Northey interested in federal post

DES MOINES - Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey said Monday he would be interested in taking a post in the Trump administration's agriculture agency, but he expects he'll be around Iowa #x201c;quite a while#x201d; given the time-consuming process o ... »

Branstad approves $7.3 billion state budget

DES MOINES - Gov. Terry Branstad, slated to become U.S. ambassador to China this month, OK'd his final state budget Friday by approving a $7.269 billion spending plan for fiscal 2018, likely his final bill action as governor.

Branstad capped his 2 ... »

Branstad signs 37 bills into law

DES MOINES - Gov. Terry Branstad signed 37 bills into law Thursday dealing with policy issues ranging from traffic enforcement to election laws and severely ill Iowans being able to try experimental medical treatments.

Here is an overview of the b ... »

Branstad steps up criticism of Iowa attorney general

URBANDALE - Republican Gov. Terry Branstad is stepping up his criticism of Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller in the wake of the Democrat's controversial legal opinion on powers of the governor's successor, telling a conservative group Wednesday that vote ... »