Senate on track to confirm Iowa governor as China envoy

Senate on track to confirm Iowa governor as China envoy

The nation's longest serving governor is on track to win Senate confirmation as President Donald Trump's ambassador to China.

The 70-year-old Republican says he intends to use his decades-long relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping to advance USA and worldwide interests.

"Having served as the governor of Iowa for more than two decades, Branstad has developed a strong understanding of agriculture, trade, and other key national interests", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday on the Senate floor.

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad (Front) testifies before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on a hearing considering him to be U.S. Ambassador to China on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., the United States, on May 2, 2017.

Corning didn't mention her role as lieutenant governor in the obituary she wrote, the Des Moines Register reported.

Senators voted 82-13 Monday to approve the nomination of Branstad, who is in his sixth non consecutive term as Iowa's governor.

Branstad and Republicans who pushed the bills through the Legislature say the measures on collective bargaining and wages were aimed at keeping the state competitive financially.

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Brandstad plans to travel to every province in China and is resigning as Governor Wednesday. It also will mark the first time Iowa has had a female governor.

Iowa's junior senator Joni Ernst, a Republican, also rose in support of Branstad in the Senate, calling his new position "one of the most important ambassadorial positions in the world".

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. In typical Branstad style, he did not limit his future endeavors - including another run for governor.

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

Cardin said Branstad "has a passion about American values".

Although his heart will always be in Iowa, I know that Governor Branstad will throw himself into this job whole-heartedly.

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