Reynolds to make Hawarden native 'acting' Iowa lieutenant governor

Almost 24 hours into her tenure as governor, Kim Reynolds has made the executive decision to designate an "acting lieutenant governor".

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has named Republican attorney Adam Gregg as her administration's No. 2 leader while seeking to avoid a lawsuit over whether she has the power to name a new lieutenant governor.

"I am honored and humbled by the trust that Governor Reynolds has put in me", Gregg said.

Gregg joined Reynolds in her formal office in the state capitol for a news conference this morning at 10 a.m. Gregg told reporters he's unconcerned he's not in the line of succession. Miller ruled in May that Reynolds did not have the legal authority to appoint her replacement in the Lt. Governor's seat, a reversal on comments he made in December 2016 saying she did. Reynolds says he will serve in an acting capacity, fulfilling all duties of the Lieutenant Governor's Office through the January 2019 inauguration.

But Gregg, a Hawarden native, will not hold the official position of lieutenant governor, which removes him from the line of succession should Reynolds at any point be unable to serve as governor, the Reynolds administration said Thursday.

Public Defender Adam Gregg, of Johnston, is her choice.

Gregg served the prior two years as Branstad's policy adviser and legislative liaison, helping pass a property tax cut for businesses that was widely praised but has since helped create a shortfall in state revenues.

"It's not gonna change the way I serve", he said. Gregg will be paid the salary designated for a lieutenant general: $103,212. He cited wording in the Iowa Constitution and historical precedent. "It's a positive sign that she recognizes there are constitutional limitations to the office".

Reynolds, who became Iowa's first female governor Wednesday, is expected to seek her own four-year term next year. "I'm not sure that's always been the case for the last six years".

Kim Reynolds, a self described fifth-generation Iowan who learned the value of hard work and penny pinching while growing up in the small rural community of St. Charles, filed away into history, stepping into the role of her mentor.

  • Larry Hoffman