DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa has re-elected Terry Branstad to a sixth term as governor.
Branstad, a Republican, defeated Democratic challenger state Senator Jack Hatch.
Branstad, who turns 68 on November 17, was first elected Iowa’s governor in 1982. He served four, four-year terms before deciding not to seek re-election in 1998. In 2010, Branstad ran for, and won, re-election against incumbent Governor Chet Culver.
Branstad thanked his supporters and spoke excitedly about the future of Iowa in his victory speech.
He will be the nation’s longest serving governor.
Opponent Jack Hatch offered his concession speech to Branstad, watch the video below.