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BUSINESS RECORD: With Branstad appointment, Iowa poised to have first female governor
…Branstad gave Reynolds some key jobs, such as naming her as co-chair of the Iowa Partnership for Economic Progress board, which is made up of leaders in the state’s major industries, the Omaha World Herald reported. In recent years, Branstad also put Reynolds in charge of trade missions to China, Brazil, Thailand and other countries.
Tim Albrecht, a public relations consultant who previously served as Branstad’s spokesman, told the World Herald that Reynolds is in a strong position to run for governor in two years. She will be seen as the incumbent, he said, and Republicans will think twice before opposing her in a primary.