IOWA CITY — If you thought it was time for the season to start, Iowa Gov.
Terry Branstad is right here in the state capital.
The state’s governor made his first state visit to Iowa City this week, joining the first-term governor of the U.S. for a trip that began Thursday and will end Friday with a visit to the state capitol.
Branstad’s visit was one of the first official visits to Iowa in years, a rare feat for a Republican.
He also will meet with members of the state legislature and the governor’s office on Friday.
Iowa is home to the largest state farm union, and Branstad has expressed his desire to strengthen that association.
The Iowa Republican Party endorsed Branstad in the 2016 presidential primary, and he is a member of its governing board.
His trip to Iowa, which will end at the Iowa Capitol, is the first by a governor since 2008, when Gov.
Steve Bullock toured the state for about a week before taking a four-day trip to Alaska.
Bullock also spent a week in California before making his first trip to the Lone Star state in November 2008.
Bullock’s visit, the first of its kind by a U.T.S., was a success for the governor.
Iowa was among the top 10 states in the country in terms of population growth in 2016, according to the Census Bureau.
He signed a $3.5 billion spending bill to increase aid to the rural areas of Iowa, the biggest spending boost for state aid to farmers in decades.
Bullocks administration has worked hard to make the state a magnet for tourists, drawing a record 5 million visitors in 2016.
But the governor has struggled to make himself known as a tourist destination, and his administration is hoping his visit will help boost the state’s tourism economy.
Bullers administration also has been trying to expand the number of public transportation options for tourists to Iowa.
In 2018, the state opened its first public bus network in more than a century.
The system has now been expanded to more than 100 routes.
Bryant visited the state in June 2018 and announced a $1 billion tourism package to help boost Iowa’s tourism industry.
He said Iowa has one of “the most welcoming climates” in the nation.
Bryan is the only governor of a major U.s. state to visit Iowa during his term.
In the past three years, the Us. has made a number of visits to the Golden State.
Iowa has hosted Republican presidential hopefuls like Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Marco Rubio.