Iowa’s first female governor, Kim Reynolds, still gets mistaken as politician’s wife

During Terry Branstad’s last news conference as governor, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds thanked him for his service. Kelsey Kremer/The Register

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, who became state government’s first female chief executive last year, is finding that old stereotypes sometimes die hard in politics.

The Republican governor spoke Tuesday to a room packed with female bankers in the Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel at an event sponsored by the Iowa Bankers Association. She gave the women a pep talk, urging them to unlock their full potential and to use every opportunity available to learn and network.

But Reynolds acknowledged she’s run into some uncomfortable circumstances being a female leader.

When she first decided to run for the Iowa Senate in 2008, she attended a candidate training school and was accompanied by her husband, Kevin Reynolds. She told how a man walked up to her husband and asked what Senate seat he was running for.

“It’s not me running for…

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