(Des Moines, IA) Michael Bousselot, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds’ chief of staff in July 2015, announced he is departing the governor’s office and pursuing opportunities outside of state government.  Before serving as Chief of Staff, Bousselot also served as legal counsel and policy advisor for the Branstad-Reynolds administration since the 2011 inauguration.

His last day will be May 24, the day Branstad resigns to be sworn in as Ambassador to China and Reynolds takes the oath of office as Governor. Bousselot, 34, plans to pursue private sector opportunities.

“I love Iowa. Working for Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds in public service has been the honor of my life,” Bousselot said. “I am moving on proud of Iowa’s position, leaving with more Iowans working than ever before in our history, Iowa as one of the best-managed states in the nation, and a balanced state budget.”

Bousselot succeeded Matt Hinch as chief of staff and is the third to serve the Branstad-Reynolds administration since they took office.

“Since 2011, Michael has helped us tackle the major challenges facing state government. In fact, he led the effort on Facebook to recruit me back to office in 2010,” said Branstad. “I appreciate his leadership, expertise, and ability to manage the diverse issues our state faces.  Michael has worked hard for Iowans and led efforts to improve the job climate in our state, reduce health care costs, and reform state government.  I have no doubt that he will excel in his next endeavor.”

“I have appreciated Michael’s service to Iowans over the past six years and working so closely with him,” Reynolds stated.  “Whether advising us on policy, serving as legal counsel, or working as chief of staff, Michael has always approached it the same way, with humility, dedication, and hard work. I know he will always be committed to Iowa and I wish him the best in his next role.”

Reynolds will have to select a new chief of staff, as well as, decide whether she will appoint a new Lieutenant Governor when she becomes Governor.

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