From the Branstad-Reynolds campaign:
Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today named Rose Mitchell the chairwoman of the Branstad-Reynolds campaign. Mitchell recently retired as Hy-Vee’s senior vice president of government affairs.
“Rose’s knowledge and passion for Iowa, coupled with her experience with state government and in the private sector, make her an ideal fit as our campaign’s chairwoman,” said Branstad. “As we continue laying the groundwork for a potential reelection campaign, Rose will assist the campaign in building out our grassroots organization and advise the campaign as it moves forward.”
Mitchell, a former high school educator, joined Hy-Vee in 1978 and ascended to the position of senior vice president of government affairs before retiring in October 2013. A graduate of Simpson College, Mitchell is a past president of the school’s Alumni Association board of directors and has served on the college’s board of trustees.
“Governor Branstad and I are pleased to have Rose on our team serving as campaign chairwoman,” said Reynolds. “Rose’s ability to connect with Iowans and lead on innovative initiatives fits perfectly with our focus of building a strong state-wide team and offering policy that builds Iowa for the future.”
The campaign chairperson is a volunteer position. Mitchell’s role is effective immediately.
“Under Governor Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Reynolds, Iowa’s unemployment rate has dropped to a low 4.6 percent, we’ve gone from a $900 million budget deficit to a $900 million budget surplus, invested a record amount in Iowa’s schools and Iowans received the largest tax cut in the state’s history,” said Mitchell. “It’s an honor to serve the governor and lieutenant governor in this capacity and I look forward to sharing their message of low unemployment, fiscal stability, transformational education reform, economic development and job creation.”