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Lt. Gov-elect resigns Iowa Senate seat

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URBANDALE (KWWL) -- Lieutenant Governor-elect Kim Reynolds has resigned her seat in the Iowa Senate to focus on helping Governor-elect Terry Branstad's transition team.

This comes the same week senate Republican leaders advised Reynolds to wait to give up her seat until shortly before Branstad is sworn into office.

Sen. Paul McKinley said by waiting, Gov.-elect Branstad would decide when to hold a special election to replace Reynolds' seat, and could select a date most favorable to Republicans.
He said if Reynolds quit too soon, the choice would be left to Democratic Governor Chet Culver.

Governor Chet Culver now has five days to pick a date for a special election. That election must be held within 40 days of Culver's decision.

Reynolds, who was first elected to Senate District 48 in 2008, thanked her constituents and pledged to work for them, and all of Iowa, in her new role as lieutenant governor.

In a statement, Reynolds says, "It has been a great honor to serve my constituents, and I thank them for the confidence they placed in me for the past two years...  I am excited for this new opportunity to serve as your lieutenant governor, and will work every day for the people of Iowa in my new role."

Reynolds's Senate district is Iowa's largest geographically. It spans Adams, Clarke, Decatur, Montgomery, Ringgold, Taylor and Union counties.
The district is overwhelmingly Republican, and Senate Republican leader Paul McKinley says he's confident the GOP will hold the seat.

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