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Chet Culver
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41st Governor of Iowa
In office
January 12, 2007 – January 14, 2011
Lieutenant Patty Judge
Preceded by Tom Vilsack
Succeeded by Terry Branstad
29th Iowa Secretary of State
In office
1999 – 2007
Governor Tom Vilsack
Preceded by Paul Pate
Succeeded by Michael A. Mauro
Personal details
Born January 25, 1966 (1966-01-25) (age 56)
Washington, D.C.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mariclare Culver
Residence West Des Moines, Iowa
Alma mater Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Drake University
Profession Teacher

Chester John "Chet" Culver (born January 25, 1966) is the former Governor of Iowa.

Culver was born in Washington, D.C.. His father, John Culver, was a United States Senator. Before entering politics, Culver was a teacher.

In 1998, Culver won election to be the Iowa Secretary of State. He was reelected in 2002. After Governor Tom Vilsack said he would not run for Governor in 2006, Culver became a Democratic candidate for Governor. In November of 2006, he defeated his Republican opponent, Jim Nussle, and in January he became Governor of Iowa. He lost to Terry Branstad in the 2010 election.

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