Governor Kim Reynolds is the 43rd governor of Iowa and has the distinction of being the first woman elected to the state’s highest office. 

Governor Reynolds has a long-standing record of public service, having served four terms as Clarke County Treasurer before being elected to the Iowa Senate in November 2008. Two years later, as running mate of former Governor Terry Branstad, she was elected Lieutenant Governor and served nearly two terms before succeeding Branstad as Governor of Iowa in May 2017. She was elected in November 2018 to her first full term in office and re-elected in November 2022 to a second term. 

Governor Reynolds is proud of her Iowa roots. A small-town, rural Iowan at heart, she grew up in Madison County, graduated from Interstate 35 Community Schools in 1977, married her husband Kevin Reynolds in 1982, worked and raised three daughters, and completed her bachelor's degree from Iowa State University in 2016 while serving as Lieutenant Governor.  

Kim and Kevin cherish spending time together as a family with their daughters, sons-in-law, and 11 grandchildren who live nearby in central Iowa. 

Governor Reynolds’ strong conservative values are reflected in her priorities for Iowa: 

  • Cutting taxes for all Iowans 

  • Making Iowa an employment destination 

  • Improving access to child care 

  • Building Iowa’s health care workforce 

  • Preparing students for high-demand careers 

  • Providing educational choice and transparency for Iowa families 

  • Growing renewable fuels 

Under her leadership, Iowans have benefitted from: 

  • The largest tax cut in state history and continued tax reform 

  • Record investments in public education year-over-year 

  • Increased access to behavioral and mental health care, including the creation of Iowa’s first Children’s Mental Health System 

  • Aggressive workforce policy initiatives that ensure Iowans have the skills needed for high-demand jobs 

Governor Reynolds is also respected nationally for her leadership on important issues 
ranging from education to economic growth, and has held a number of positions at the 
regional and national levels: 

  • Republican Governors Association, Chair (2023), Vice Chair (2021-2022) 

  • Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG), Chair (2023), Vice Chair (2021-2022)  

  • American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, Member (2019-2022) 

  • Midwest Governors Association, Chair (2019)

  • Governors Biofuels Coalition, Chair (2018) 


Since taking office, Governor Reynolds has signed 10 Executive Orders