Terry Branstad’s war for women
Since becoming a state in 1846, Iowa has sent 179 people to the House of Representatives and 39 to the U.S. Senate. It has elected 41 governors. Not a single one of those 259 people has been a woman.
Iowa is one of only two states — the other is Mississippi — to be represented and governed exclusively by men.
Gov. Terry Branstad (R) wants to change that. And as he begins his campaign for an unprecedented sixth term in office, Branstad is quietly promoting at least two women, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and state Sen. Joni Ernst, who would be the first to hold Iowa’s highest offices.