It’s too early to know whether she will approach issues from a different perspective. It’s too early to know whether she will adjust the course Branstad had set for the state.
But one thing is certain. Iowa’s first female governor, a small-town girl from southern Iowa, comes to the job with a rich variety of experiences during her 57 years of life.
She rolled up six and a half years as lieutenant governor, two years as a state senator, four terms as the Clarke County treasurer, earlier work as a pharmacy clerk, and the important duty of raising three children.