About The Lt Governor
Lieutenant Governor of the State of Iowa
Kim Reynolds grew up in St. Charles, IA, located in Madison County, and began her work in the public sector as a motor vehicle clerk in the Clarke County Treasurer’s Office. She was elected Clarke County Treasurer in 1994 and was re-elected three times. While serving as Clarke County Treasurer, Reynolds served as President of the Iowa State Treasurers Association in 2000 and received the “Outstanding County Treasurer in the United States” award in 2004.
In 2008, Reynolds successfully ran for the Iowa Senate, representing Iowa’s largest geographical Senate district, which included Adams, Clarke, Decatur, Montgomery, Ringgold, Taylor and Union counties.
On June 24, 2010, Reynolds was named former Governor Terry Branstad’s running mate, and on November 2, 2010, she was elected lieutenant governor of the State of Iowa.
Lt. Governor Reynolds is the Co-Chair of the Governor’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Advisory Council along with Vermeer Manufacturing President and CEO, Mary Andringa. Reynolds is championing Iowa’s STEM initiative, with the overarching goal of increasing student interest and achievement while providing access to STEM programs for students all across Iowa. This will ensure that Iowa has a skilled workforce in place for today’s world economy. Reynolds’s passion for STEM education resulted in her being the only elected official named to the “100 Women Leaders in STEM” by STEMconnector™ in 2012. Currently, Lt. Gov. Reynolds is chair of the STEM Food & Ag Council, as presented by STEMconnector™.
Reynolds has taken an active role in the National Lieutenant Governors Association. She currently serves as Treasurer of the NLGA as well as on the NLGA Finance Committee, International Committee and as co-chair of the State Strategies in Energy Committee. Reynolds serves as Education Chair of the Aerospace States Association.
This position has taken her to Germany, China, South Korea and Vietnam as she explores international trade opportunities for Iowa. In June 2011, Reynolds led a 41-member trade mission to China. In February 2012, Reynolds and Governor Branstad hosted then Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping. President Xi Jinping is now the leader of the world’s largest country. A month later, in March 2012, Reynolds traveled with the Iowa Soybean Association to China and Thailand and met again with President Xi in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. She also traveled to Germany in July of 2012 as part of an energy trade mission.
In August of 2012, Reynolds served as Secretary of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. Her duties included giving the roll call of the states and authorizing Mitt Romney’s official presidential nomination for U. S. House Speaker John Boehner.
Among her responsibilities as Lieutenant Governor, Reynolds serves as co-chair of the Iowa Partnership for Economic Progress (IPEP) Board with Governor Branstad, co-chairs the Military Children Education Coalition with Iowa Major General Timothy Orr, is a coordinator of the Des Moines Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Drive Against Hunger and is Governor Branstad’s representative on the Iowa State Fair Board. She also served as the chair of the Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates (iJAG).
Lt. Gov. Reynolds was named to Governing Magazine‘s State Republican Officials to Watch in 2013 and to the list of “Top 10 Rising Stars” by The Washington Post in August of 2013.
Lt. Governor Reynolds and her husband, Kevin, have three daughters and six grandchildren.