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Governor Branstad resigns, Kim Reynolds sworn in

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -

An Iowa governor who made history stepped aside, for another history making moment.

His successor stepped right into Iowa's record book.

Governor Terry Branstad resigned Wednesday morning to become the next US ambassador to China.

The longest-serving governor in US history says he cannot wait to represent the US and Iowa on the world stage.

"As I become the next US Ambassador to the people's republic of China. I'm proud of what we've accomplished here in Iowa. Iowa is positioned for opportunity and growth and I am confident that our next government, our next governor is well prepared to lead Iowa to an even brighter future," said Branstad.

Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds was sworn in as governor in the capitol's rotunda. She is the first woman to lead Iowa as governor.

"I'm a rural Iowa girl who grew up in a small community, was able to run for county office, to serve as the State senator, as your lieutenant governor and now as your governor," said new Iowa Governor Reynolds in her inaugural speech.

In an interview about taking over as governor, Reynolds said, "We're going to work everyday to make sure we can grow our economy and have opportunities for Iowans, no matter where they live in the state."

You can watch Iowa's historic transition of power right here.

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