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IA Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds Reaches Decision on Lt. Gov. Appointment

Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds Photo: Iowa.gov. Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds

May 15, 2017 11:27 AM

DES MOINES, IA (AP) - Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds says she's decided whether she will appoint a lieutenant governor when she replaces Gov. Terry Branstad, but she won't disclose those details yet.

Reynolds told reporters Monday her transition team has a plan in place, but the public will need to wait until Branstad is confirmed as U.S. ambassador to China and resigns as governor.

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Democratic Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller recently released an opinion that Reynolds will have the title and powers of governor, but not the authority to choose a new lieutenant governor. He cited wording in the Iowa Constitution and historical precedent.

Reynolds, Branstad and other top Republicans have criticized Miller's opinion, with many calling it a political move.

If Reynolds appoints a No. 2, she could face a legal challenge.

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