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Governor Kimberly K. Reynolds

2017 Iowa Women's Hall of Fame Honoree: Governor Kimberly K. Reynolds

“She has proven over and over again that she has the tenacity, the perseverance, the heart and the dedication to the State of Iowa and to her family to show women and girls that anything is possible with hard work.”
--Written by Gloria Mazza of Clive, Iowa in her nomination of Governor Kimberly K. Reynolds

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Governor Kimberly (Kim) K. Reynolds is a fifth generation Iowan, born and raised in St. Charles.  It’s a small town, but it had a big impact on her life. Growing up in St. Charles, she learned the importance of community, love of country, discipline, fiscal responsibility and penny pinching. All of these attributes have played a positive role throughout her 23 years of leadership in public service.

During high school, Kim met her future husband (Kevin Reynolds).  Kim and Kevin later married on April 3, 1982. In the years ahead, the couple welcomed three daughters (Jennifer, Nicole and Jessica), their spouses and nine grandchildren to the family. Her parents (Charles and Audrey Strawn) also taught Kim that with hard work, high expectations and a passion for what you do, anything is possible. That drive to make a difference is what drives her today.

Kim didn’t set out to become a politician or elected official. But, when the Clarke County Treasurer decided to retire in 1994, she saw an opportunity to take her ideas and turn them into action. Kim was elected County Treasurer and served 14 years. Then, she was elected as a State Senator and later Lieutenant Governor. While serving as Lt. Governor, Kim went back to school. At age 57, she finally earned her college degree from Iowa State University. It had been a life-long, personal goal.

As Iowa’s lieutenant governor, she led international trade missions to China, Germany, Brazil, South Korea, Vietnam, the Philippines and Thailand. Kim helped attract more than $14 billion in private investment to the state. She also led many important state initiatives including: Iowa Partnership for Economic Progress; Future Ready Iowa Alliance; Governor’s STEM Advisory Council; and the Iowa Energy Plan.

On May 24, 2017, Kim became the Iowa’s 43rd governor and the first woman to hold this position. As Governor, Kim is focused on building a better Iowa through four key priorities: creating a competitive business environment; developing the most innovative energy policy in the country; educating our children for the knowledge economy; and training Iowans for the jobs of tomorrow.

Kim is a member of the National Governors Association's Executive Committee. She also serves as Honorary Chair of the EPIC Corporate Challenge and national Honorary Chair of Million Women Mentors. Kim remains a passionate advocate for women in leadership and Iowans of all ages.