1946 – Born on the 17th of November in Leland, Iowa.
– He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa and his law degree from Drake University.
– He also taught as a visiting professor at the University of Iowa. He taught a course in public sector leadership and management offered through the University of Iowa’s Henry Tippie Business College.
1969-1971 – Branstad was a U.S. Army serviceman, and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal.
1983 – When elected governor, he was, at age 35, the youngest chief executive in Iowa history; and, when he left office, he was Iowa’s longest-serving governor.
1989 – Branstad was made an honorary member of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity at Iowa State University.
1989-1990 – He also served as Chair of the National Governors Association.
1997 – He chaired the Education Commission of the States, the Republican Governors Association, and the Governors’ Ethanol Coalition.
2003 – In August, Branstad accepted the offer of Des Moines University to become its president.
2007 – Branstad currently serves on the boards of these companies and non-profit organizations, Advanced Analytical Technologies, Inc., Cementech, Featherlite, Iowa Health System, Liberty Bank and Living History Farms.