The Senate voting 82-13 Monday night to confirm him.
Terry Branstad's run as Iowa's governor comes to a close Wednesday morning. "Today, with the USA ethanol industry continuing its global expansion of ethanol and high-protein feed, we look forward to working with Ambassador Branstad to ensure consumers in China and around the world have access to both the cleanest, lowest-cost and highest source of octane on the planet and cost-effective protein for poultry and cattle".
The longest-serving governor in U.S. history, the 70-year-old Branstad has known Chinese President Xi Jinping since the mid-1980s, when the Asian leader visited Iowa as a provincial official.
Branstad, 70, told lawmakers he intends to use his decades-long relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping to advance USA and worldwide interests. But the 70-year-old who's leaving to be President Donald Trump's ambassador to China may get the most attention for his actions during his final year in office, when Republicans controlled the governor's office and both chambers of the Legislature for the first time in almost 20 years. "Ambassador Branstad will be an effective and ardent advocate for President Trump's commitment to putting America first around the world".
The nation's longest-tenured governor will resign from his post at 10 a.m.in the governor's formal office at the Iowa State Capitol Building in Des Moines.
Iowa Soybean Association President Rolland Schnell added, "Gov. Kim Reynolds is a proven advocate for farm families, supporting Iowa jobs and improving the prosperity of our local communities".
Reynolds and Branstad both spoke to statehouse reporters today.
Li Zhao, president of China operations for the China Iowa Group, said she traveled with Branstad to China in 2013, and witnessed how he worked on promoting Iowa businesses to China. "We look forward to working with the new Governor to continue growing access to Iowa's own homegrown, earth-friendly fuels as part of Iowa's strategy to be a national energy leader".
China has always been seen as a key potential trade partner for Iowa's agricultural products and financial services and recently chose to accept beef from the United States.
"Probably one of the most important consulate postings facing the United States as we enter this new phase of China-U.S. relations", said Arthur Dong, a professor at Georgetown University.