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Lt. Gov. Reynolds talks transition in Bellevue

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BELLEVUE (KWWL) -

Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds made a stop in Bellevue today, talking with students, administrators and community leaders about initiatives going on in their community.

She also talked about her transition into the top job in the state.

She'll take over as governor of Iowa sometime next year, after current Governor Terry Branstad is confirmed as the ambassador to China.

"I've had the opportunity to work besides the best governor in the nation, so I couldn't ask for a better mentor and a better teacher. And I've been involved with every aspect of the executive branch for the last six years, so I know what I'm facing, what I'm getting into, and I'm prepared," Reynolds said.

She's getting ready to make history as the first female governor of the state.

"The history is not lost on me, and to kind of be a part of it as it's unfolding, it's amazing," she said.

Meanwhile, Reynolds says they're working on a transition plan to make sure that process is seamless.

But she's also looking forward to the 2017 legislative session.

"Continuing to look for ways to grow the economy. You know, we want to be the healthiest state in the nation. Education has always been a top priority of ours," she said.

Branstad has expressed interest in the past of at least looking at the discussion of raising the minimum wage statewide.

It's something on Reynolds' radar as well.

"When you've got different communities and counties that have different wages, that's hard for employees. But you always have to balance that with the other side of that, and the impact that could potentially have on jobs. So I know the legislature is probably going to look at that," she said.

As for her pick for her number two, she says she has no names as of yet, but plans to have someone picked by the time she is sworn in.

There's no definitive timeline for when that will be, but she says they think it'll be March.

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