Published: Tue, May 23, 2017
Finance | By Laverne Griffith

US Senate confirms Ambassador to China

US Senate confirms Ambassador to China

Terry Branstad is on track to be confirmed as President Donald Trump's ambassador to China.

Joni Ernst, Iowa's other U.S. Senator, said Branstad will be an "effective advocate" for U.S. interests in China.

The two first met when Xi Jinping visited Muscatine, Iowa in 1985.

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Stepping down near the middle of his sixth term as Iowa's chief executive, Branstad came full circle during a run spanning four decades that began with him taking office in 1983 as Iowa's youngest governor at age 36 and ending as its oldest. With more than 22 years at the helm of state government, he is the country's longest-serving governor, ever.

Terry Branstad took an unlikely path to becoming a living legend among Iowa Republicans. Branstad has also traveled to China several times on trade missions.

Reynolds served as a state senator and county treasurer before being elected lieutenant governor in 2010.

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Relationships with China and President Trump, who nominated Branstad, have been under question since Trump and his family's corporations received trademarks in China following his election they had been previously denied.

Branstad said he and his wife, Chris, will maintain their home on Lake Panorama and are in the process of sorting and packing things as they prepare to vacate the governor's Terrace Hill mansion.

U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, speaking on the Senate floor in favor of Branstad's confirmation, said the governor was "uniquely qualified to help strengthen the trade, economic, cultural and geo-political relationship between our two countries".

"She's kind of been the lead person on that, but I've been helping", Branstad said.

Back then, the lawmaker said, Branstad was more willing to work across the aisle and compromise. "She's a thrower and I'm a saver, let's put it that way, but that's always been the case". "I think your on-the-ground experience with China will serve our nation well".

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