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Terry E. Branstad, JD Biography

Governor of Iowa
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should People Who Have Completed Felony Sentences Be Allowed to Vote?"

“When an individual commits a felony, it is fair they earn their rights back by paying restitution to their victim, court costs, and fines… Iowa has a good and fair policy on the restoration of rights for convicted felons, and to automatically restore the right to vote without requiring the completion of the responsibilities associated with the criminal conviction would damage the balance between the rights and responsibility of citizens…

Too often victims are forgotten and it is important victims of felonies and serious crimes receive their restitution.”

“Branstad, Reynolds Streamline Restoration of Voting Rights Application,”, Dec. 28, 2012

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Governor of Iowa (Republican), Jan. 14, 2011-present
  • Chair, National Governors Association
  • Chair, Midwestern Governors Association
  • Former Director, Cemen Tech Inc., Advanced Analytical Technologies, Inc., Liberty Bank FSB, and Conmed Healthcare Management, Inc.
  • President, Des Moines University (DMU), Aug. 2003-Oct.2009
  • Chair, President’s Commission on Excellence in Special Education, 2001-2002
  • Former Partner, Kaufman, Pattee, Branstad & Miller (public policy firm)
  • Former Founding Partner, Branstad and Associates, LLC
  • Governor of Iowa (Republican), Jan. 13, 1983-Jan. 14, 1999
  • Chair, Education Commission of the States, 1998
  • Chair, Republican Governors Association, 1997
  • Lieutenant Governor of Iowa, 1979-1983
  • Member, Iowa House of Representatives, 1973-1979
  • United States Army, active duty, 1969-1971
  • JD, Drake University, 1974
  • BA, University of Iowa, 1969
  • Born in Leland, IA, Nov. 17, 1946
  • He is married with three adult children and six grandchildren.
Quoted in:
  1. Should People with Felony Convictions Automatically Regain the Right to Vote after Their Full Sentence Is Served?