The Republican Party member Kimberly Reynolds was born on August 4th, 1959. She is the acting governor of Iowa since 2017. Earlier, Reynolds was the lieutenant governor of Iowa. She served in this office from 2011 to 2017. She also served as Clarke County treasurer and as a member of the Iowa senate.
She won the 2018 gubernatorial elections to become the governor.
Education of Kim Reynolds
In 1977 Reynolds graduated from the interstate 35 Community School district. After this, she went to Northwest Missouri State University. She studied business consumer sciences clothing sales and design there for 1 semester.
She then shifted to South Eastern Community College in 1980. She started her accounting classes from 1992 to 1995 at the southwestern community college. Living both of these courses complete she left the institution.
Reynolds got her bachelor of liberal studies degree from partially online classes at Iowa State University. This started in 2012 and she ended up getting a degree in December 2016.
The career of Kim Reynolds
After defeating Ruth Smith and Rodney Schmidt, Reynolds represented the 48th district in Iowa Senate on 4 November 2008. Reynolds supported a ban on same-sex marriage in Iowa in the year 2010. Before this, she served as the Clarke County treasurer for four terms.
Terry Branstad announced Kim Reynolds as his running mate in the gubernatorial elections of 2010. Both won the general election on November 2, 2010. To take the office of lieutenant governor she resigned from her senate seat in the same year.
She co-chaired the STEM advisory council. When Terry Branstad stepped down from the office of Governor, Reynolds assumed his office. By doing so, she became the first-ever female Governor of Iowa in 2017.
On this, the report from the Attorney General of Iowa said that “an individual promoted from lieutenant governor to governor, as was Reynolds, [did] not have the authority to appoint a new lieutenant governor.”
Reynolds is a firm Trump supporter. She did not accept two-thirds of the request from Tom Miller to challenge Trump administration policies. Later when Trump was defeated by Joe Biden nationally she acknowledged Biden’s victory. She did this on the basis of electoral votes countered by Congress formally.
She also condemned the storming of the capital but also went on to say that people believe the election was not valid.
The pandemic response to Kim Reynolds
Unlike the whole world, Reynolds did not deal with the pandemic with scientific recommendations or public health guidelines. The surgeries considered non-essential during the pandemic were surgical abortions.
Reynolds did not implement a stay-at-home order and also neglected the advice of Iowa health officials.
She did not even focus on making face marks mandatory at large gatherings. This was the situation till November 2020 when the cases were at a peak. From then onwards she made face marks mandatory at large gatherings. Reynolds reopened bars and restaurants fully in June. This made the situation worse. The Increasing number of cases what detected after this.
She condemned the idea that face masks protect people from getting infections. She neglected the recommendations of w h o, centers for disease control and prevention CDC, and the Iowa department of health.
Reynolds then issued an order to the compulsion of masks in public indoor spaces. She said, “No one wants to do this. I don’t want to do this,”
“If Iowans don’t buy into this, we’ll lose. Businesses will close once again, more schools will be forced to go online, and our health care system will fail.”
Kim Reynolds once praised Steve King, US Representative, saying he is “a strong defender of freedom and our conservative values.”
She later made him co-chair her campaign for the 2018 elections. This decision made huge controversies. The Des Moines Register editorial board wrote, “Gov. Kim Reynolds has kept him on as her campaign co-chairman while muttering increasingly thin-lipped denials that she agrees with his ideological extremism.”
Right after the elections, Reynolds changed her statement about King. She said that King needs to change his approach.
She defeated Fred Hubbell and Jake Porter in the November 6, 2018 elections. She won 88 of 99 Iowa Counties.
The recent announcement of rural projects in Iowa
Kim Reynolds recently announced a grant of $500,000 to empower the rural communities of Iowa. This is expected to improve 32 communities and 3 Counties across the state. This plan is called Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative
Reynolds said, “The Empower Rural Iowa Initiative has played a key role in transforming our rural communities by expanding broadband access and affordable housing options, which are essential to the growth and retention of our state.”
She added, “These programs help turn innovative ideas into reality for small communities across Iowa, paving the way for opportunity and prosperity for generations to come.”
On this Lt. Governor Adam Gregg stated, “Rural communities are the backbone of our state, and this latest round of grants will help them tackle tough challenges like housing, childcare, and recruitment,” “The Empower Rural Iowa initiative looks forward to building on this success and further ensuring opportunity and prosperity are present in all corners of Iowa.”
Kim Reynolds’s approval rating
Kim Reynolds enjoys a high approval rating as the Governor of Iowa. She got a 51% approval rating after a decrease of 2%. This means the majority of Iowans are happy with Kim Reynolds’ work.
About 56% of Iowans approve of Reynolds’ economic handling. 52% approve of her handling of the pandemic as well as schools and education.
The former military officer serving as the junior United States Senator for Iowa, Joni Ernst took to Twitter to praise Reynolds. She wrote, “Our governor Kim Reynolds is a proven leader, and tonight she laid out a bold plan for our state in 2022 to expand opportunity, cut taxes, promote biofuel, and ensure Iowans always can make their own decisions for their families and future.”
Kim Reynolds’s Net Worth
Reynolds’ political career is claimed to be her primary source of income. Till 2020, her net worth is claimed to be $130,000. Her salary is expected to be around $130,000.
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