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25 May 2017, 08:05 | Rhonda Young
Adam Gregg announced as"acting lieutenant governor of Iowa by Gov. Kim Reynolds
(Johnston)-On behalf of Iowa's corn farmers, I would like to congratulate Adam Gregg on his appointment to Lieutenant Governor by newly installed Governor Kim Reynolds.
Democratic Attorney General Tom Miller advised Reynolds this month that the Iowa Constitution would not give her the authority to name her replacement as lieutenant governor after she succeeded Gov. Terry Branstad, who resigned Wednesday to become US ambassador to China.
Reynolds decision to name an "acting" lieutenant governor is a way to avoid a legal challenge. Today, Officials with Gov. Reynolds told KCCI that the governor will designate an "acting" Lt. Gov. with full scope and title to operate the office but, will not be in line of succession.
Gregg's salary will be $103,212, the amount set by statute for the lieutenant governor and that salary will continue to be paid out of the Governor's Office budget based upon the existing appropriation, the governor's office said. Instead, Senate President Jack Whitver has assumed that responsibility.
Gregg is a Drake Law School graduate and previously served as former Governor Branstad's legislative liaison and policy advisor.
Iowa's newest governor has chosen a Lt. Governor, even though there are questions whether she has the authority to do so.
Reynolds announced in a press conference this morning that Adam Gregg, a 2006 Central alum, will be selected to serve in the ceremonial duties associated with the second highest position in the executive branch.
Gregg ran unsuccessfully against Miller for the attorney general position in the 2014 election. "There is nobody better equipped with the skills, knowledge, experience and relationships than Adam to serve Iowans in this important role".
Reynolds, who became Iowa's first female governor Wednesday, is expected to seek her own four-year term next year.
Reynolds said she has been "consistently impressed with his energy, work ethic and demeanor as he worked through a number of legislative priorities for us". To follow her in that role, and to serve alongside her as she now leads this state, is the honor of a lifetime. Every single step of the way, you have inspired me, challenged me. Opinions are not legally binding, but courts generally give them careful consideration and deference.
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