EXCLUSIVE: LT. Governor says shes ready to be governor

Reynolds will be the first female governor of Iowa

By Ashley Carrasco | acarrasco@weareiowa.com

Published 12/08 2016 12:13AM

Updated 12/08 2016 12:13AM

DES MOINES - Local 5 News got an exclusive interview with the future governor as she landed from her family trip in Mexico. 
Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds will take the role as Iowa's first female governor when governor Terri Branstad resigns. Reynolds said she couldn't think of anyone better to be ambassador to china and is proud of Branstad. 
"I'm really excited for Governor Branstad for this new assignment and this new role. I can't think of anybody that's more qualified or more experienced to serve as the ambassador to China. So I think that it's certainly worth the recognition from the President Elect Trump. And I'm excited to continue to serve Iowans in this capacity.  I've had the opportunity to work with Governor Branstand for 6 years now and I've had the opportunity to learn from the best Governor in the nation and the longest serving governor in the nation and he really has prepared me well to presume this responsibility."
Local 5 spoke to Reynolds' team and a spokesperson said it's too soon to tell who Reynolds will appoint to replace her and how soon that person will take office. He said it's going to be a long process but the state attorney is already looking into the legal matters of this transition. 

Copyright 2016 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.