There have been 41 individuals who held the position of Iowa Governor, including the current Governor and first woman to hold the position,
Kim Reynolds, who was sworn in on May 24, 2017. The longest-serving Governor is
Terry Branstad, who served from 1983 to 1999, and then again from 2011 to 2017. He is the longest-serving Governor in
U.S. history, surpassing the previous record of 21 years set by
George Clinton of New York. The shortest-serving Governor was
Robert D. Fulton, who served 16 days.
There are four living former Governors of Iowa, the oldest being
Robert D. Fulton (1969, born 1929). The most recent Governor to die was
Robert D. Ray (1969-1983, born 1928), on July 8, 2018.