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Branstad sworn in for historic 6th term, longest in U.S. history

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DES MOINES (AP) -

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has been sworn in for a sixth term in office.

The 68-year-old Republican governor took the oath of office Friday morning at a convention center in downtown Des Moines. Inauguration festivities continue throughout the day, culminating with a formal ball in the evening.

Branstad was re-elected to a sixth non-consecutive term in November. He served four terms from 1983 through 1999 and then left public office.

In 2009, he announced plans to seek the governor's office again, and was elected to a comeback term the following year.

Branstad has already started his official duties for the year. He delivered his annual "Condition of the State" speech to the General Assembly on Tuesday and unveiled a $7.3 billion budget proposal.

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