The Executive Council of Iowa was established in the Iowa Code of 1860 by the eighth General Assembly of the state of Iowa. The council’s five members include the Governor, Secretary of State, Treasurer of State, Secretary of Agriculture, and Auditor of the State. According to code, the Executive Council has the responsibility to: 

  • Approve real estate transactions  

  • Approve leases of public land 

  • Authorize condemnation proceedings 

  • Authorize and pay special assessments 

  • Appoint legal counsel and special counsel 

  • Authorize and pay court costs and litigation expenses 

  • Settle or compromise legal claims 

  • Approve bank depositories 

  • Provide anticipatory and emergency funding 

  • Administer trust funds 

  • Act as the governing body for state employee insurance and benefit plans 

  • Canvass votes cast and required to be filed with the State Commissioner of Elections 

Current Executive Council Members:  

  • Kim Reynolds, Governor 

  • Paul D. Pate, Secretary of State 

  • Roby Smith, Treasurer of State 

  • Mike Naig, Secretary of Agriculture 

  • Rob Sand, Auditor of State 

You can view the Executive Council’s meeting schedule, agendas, and minutes on the Office of Treasurer of State’s website. For more information, call (515) 281-5368. 


Executive Council Administrative Rules Review

On January 11, 2023, Governor Reynolds issued Executive Order No. 10, requiring a comprehensive evaluation of existing administrative rules to determine their necessity and effectiveness. The following reports review administrative rules related to the Executive Council:

  • Administrative Rule Report 361-5 & 6
  • Administrative Rule Report 361-7
  • Administrative Rule Report 361-8
  • Administrative Rule Report 361-9
  • Administrative Rule Report 361-10
  • Administrative Rule Report 361-11
  • Administrative Rule Report 361-12