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THE ARCHIVE OF AMBASSADOR KENNETH M. QUINN
FROM THE MISSISSIPPI TO THE MEKONG
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Taking Lt. Governor Terry Branstad to His First Crisis

29/6/79

With Governor Robert D. Ray outside the U.S., Amb. Quinn describes contacting the brand-new Lieutenant Governor and arranging for them to fly together to assess the damage and interact with the citizens affected by the most destructive tornadoes ever to hit the state of Iowa. That Lieutenant Governor was Terry Branstad, who would go on to be the longest serving governor of a state in American history and eventually the U.S. Ambassador to China. Even after 40 years, Amb. Branstad still tells the story about that first crisis and the bond they shared.

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