From the Local 5 Archive: Governor Branstad’s first inauguration in 1983

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It’s official, Terry Branstad – Iowa’s longtime governor – is now America’s longest-serving governor… ever.

As of Monday, Branstad has served 7,642 days as Iowa’s governor. The record has been set across two stretches in Iowa’s highest elected office.

First elected in 1982, Branstad was sworn in on January 14, 1983 (archive video highlights from his first inaugural is above).

The main issues discussed in that first inaugural address seem familiar to anyone following politics today: Jobs, agriculture, education, health insurance, safety, and equality.

Branstad was re-elected three consecutive times: In 1986, 1990, and 1994. Take a look back at another archive story, this from his 1986 re-election win:

He left office at the end of his fourth consecutive term in 1999, but returned to the governor’s office in 2010. Branstad was re-elected to a sixth term in 2014 and has not ruled out another run in 2018.

Much has changed during Branstad’s long tenure as governor, but at least one thing has been constant – his mustache. On a recent edition of This Week in Iowa, Branstad told Amanda Krenz about its origin and longevity.

To mark his record 7,642nd day in office, Governor Branstad is hosting an open house Monday at his formal office at the State Capitol . The public is encouraged to attend between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

A formal event also will be held Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. The event will be live-streamed on

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