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New Iowa governor names Adam Gregg 'acting lieutenant gov'

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DES MOINES -- Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has named Republican attorney Adam Gregg as her administration's No. 2 leader while seeking to avoid a lawsuit over whether she has the power to name a new lieutenant governor.
   Democratic Attorney General Tom Miller advised this month that the Iowa Constitution would not give Reynolds the power to name a new lieutenant governor after she succeeded Gov. Terry Branstad.
   Miller's opinion angered Reynolds, who had indicated she might appoint a new lieutenant even if it risked a legal challenge.
   Reynolds said Thursday that Gregg would be the "acting lieutenant governor."
   Gregg will collect the lieutenant governor's salary of $103,000 but not be in the line of succession. That means Senate President Jack Whitver would become governor if Reynolds leaves office before January 2019.
 

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