Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds will be among the graduates at Iowa State University’s commencement tomorrow.
Reynolds will receive a bachelor of liberal studies degree from Iowa State. Her concentrations or “majors” are political science, business management and communications.
Reynolds, who is 57, is a southwest Iowa native. She attended Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville in the late 1970s. In the 1980s, while she lived in Mount Pleasant, she took classes at Southeastern Community College. In the mid-1990s, she took accounting classes at Southwestern Community College in Creston.
Reynolds became a part-time student at Iowa State shortly after being elected lieutenant governor in 2010. Reynolds was Clarke County Treasurer and a state senator for two years before Governor Branstad invited her to be his running mate and governing partner. Over the past few years Reynolds has taken a lead role in encouraging Iowa students to pursue degrees in science, math, engineering and science.
She will soon become Iowa’s first female governor. Reynolds will take over as the chief executive of state government after current Governor Terry Branstad is confirmed as the next U.S. Ambassador to China.