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About The Governor Branstad Iowa History Fund

In 2015, Gov. Terry E. Branstad established The Governor Branstad Iowa History Fund as a nonprofit organization to promote Iowa history. Gov. Branstad is an Iowa history buff whose regular reading includes the Iowa History Journal magazine and various works on historical Iowa figures and events. With a passion for Iowa history and a keen interest in giving back to the state that has given him the honor of ascending from a rural Iowa farm to the governorship, Gov. Branstad will work through the Iowa History Fund to identify and provide resources to efforts across the state of Iowa that preserve Iowa history for future generations.

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, donations to The Governor Branstad Iowa History Fund are tax deductible. Gov. Branstad does not earn income from donations to the Iowa History Fund nor does he receive proceeds from the sale of the book, “Iowa’s Record Setting Governor The Terry Branstad Story.”

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“Iowa’s Record Setting Governor The Terry Branstad Story”

by Mike Chapman

About the Book

Mike Chapman has penned a warm and glowing tribute to the nation’s longest serving governor – Iowa’s Terry Branstad. Written in a folksy, down-home style, Chapman chronicles Branstad’s life from the farm near Leland to the Terrace Hill governor’s residence.

An easy read, the book looks at the forces and people who shaped the governor. It’s something of a how-he-did-it manual that will interest Iowa history buffs and younger readers thinking about a political career for themselves.

Branstad’s tenure isn’t finished so we’ll have to leave it to the historians and experts of tomorrow to dissect the legacy of his policies. For now, this work shows how a small-town boy worked his way to the top.

You can like his politics or not, but you’ve got to admire Branstad’s tenacity, commitment to the state and his ability to win elections: 20 wins and no losses.

– David Yepsen, Director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute and former Chief Political Writer for The Des Moines Register 

Photos courtesy of Steve Pope Photography.

All proceeds benefit The Governor Branstad Iowa History Fund, dedicated to renewing Iowa’s heritage.

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