Governors of Iowa

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Term Start
Term End
Kim ReynoldsMay 24, 2017-Republican
Terry BranstadJan 14, 2011May 24, 2017Republican
Chet CulverJan 12, 2007Jan 14, 2011Democratic
Tom VilsackJan 15, 1999Jan 12, 2007Democratic
Terry BranstadJan 14, 1983Jan 15, 1999Republican
Robert D. RayJan 16, 1969Jan 14, 1983Republican
Robert D. FultonJan 1, 1969Jan 16, 1969Democratic
Harold HughesJan 17, 1963Jan 1, 1969Democratic
Norman A. ErbeJan 12, 1961Jan 17, 1963Republican
Herschel C. LovelessJan 17, 1957Jan 12, 1961Democratic
Leo HoeghJan 13, 1955Jan 17, 1957Republican
Leo ElthonNov 21, 1954Jan 13, 1955Republican
William S. BeardsleyJan 13, 1949Nov 21, 1954Republican
Robert D. BlueJan 11, 1945Jan 13, 1949Republican
Bourke B. HickenlooperJan 14, 1943Jan 11, 1945Republican
George A. WilsonJan 12, 1939Jan 14, 1943Republican
Nelson G. KraschelJan 14, 1937Jan 12, 1939Democratic
Clyde L. HerringJan 12, 1933Jan 14, 1937Democratic
Dan W. TurnerJan 15, 1931Jan 12, 1933Republican
John HammillJan 15, 1925Jan 15, 1931Republican
Nathan E. KendallJan 13, 1921Jan 15, 1925Republican
William L. HardingJan 11, 1917Jan 13, 1921Republican
George W. ClarkeJan 16, 1913Jan 11, 1917Republican
Beryl F. CarrollJan 14, 1909Jan 16, 1913Republican
Warren GarstNov 24, 1908Jan 14, 1909Republican
Albert B. CumminsJan 16, 1902Nov 24, 1908Republican
L. M. ShawJan 13, 1898Jan 16, 1902Republican
Francis M. DrakeJan 16, 1896Jan 13, 1898Republican
Frank D. JacksonJan 11, 1894Jan 16, 1896Republican
Horace BoiesFeb 27, 1890Jan 11, 1894Democratic
William LarrabeeJan 14, 1886Feb 27, 1890Republican
Buren R. ShermanJan 12, 1882Jan 14, 1886Republican
John H. GearJan 17, 1878Jan 12, 1882Republican
Joshua G. NewboldFeb 1, 1877Jan 17, 1878Republican
Samuel J. KirkwoodJan 13, 1876Feb 1, 1877Republican
Cyrus C. CarpenterJan 11, 1872Jan 13, 1876Republican
Samuel MerrillJan 16, 1868Jan 11, 1872Republican
William M. StoneJan 14, 1864Jan 16, 1868Republican
Samuel J. KirkwoodJan 11, 1860Jan 14, 1864Republican
Ralph P. LoweJan 13, 1858Jan 11, 1860Republican
James W. GrimesDec 9, 1854Jan 13, 1858Whig
Stephen P. HempsteadDec 4, 1850Dec 9, 1854Democratic
Ansel BriggsDec 3, 1846Dec 4, 1850Democratic
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History of Iowa Governors

The first governor of Iowa was Ansel Briggs, who was elected to the position in 1846. Briggs served for four years and was a representative of the Democratic Party. Following Briggs, Iowa saw some shifting political parties, changing between the Democratic Party and Whig Party.

Beginning in 1858, a robust line of Republican governors held office, continuing through the modern-day. Between 1858 and today, there have only been eight Democratic governors. The most recent Democrat to represent Iowa was Chet Culver, who served as governor between 2007 and 2011. Since then, Republicans have continued to hold office, even to the present-day governor.

Current Iowa Governor

The Current Iowa governor is Kim Reynolds, who began serving as governor in 2017. Previously, Reynolds served as the Lieutenant Governor of Iowa. She represented the Republican Party and replaced the former governor, Terry Brandstad. The former governor, Brandstad, stepped down from his position as governor to serve as the US Ambassador to China. Reynolds is the first woman elected as the governor of Iowa but won her full-term election narrowly. She beat the Democratic competitor by just 2.5% of the vote, which made a much closer election than anticipated by political experts.

Current Governor
Kim Reynolds
Governor Since
May 24, 2017
# of Governors Since Statehood

Which party is the current governor of Iowa?

The current governor of Iowa is Kim Reynolds, a Republican.

How many governors has Iowa had?

There have been 41 governors of Iowa, 10 Democrats, 30 Republicans, and 1 from other parties.

When was the last Republican governor in Iowa?

The last Republican governor in Iowa is Kim Reynolds, who has served from 2017 to the present day.

When was the last Democrat governor in Iowa?

The last Democrat governor in Iowa was Chet Culver, who served from 2007 to 2011.

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