Kevin Reynolds, Iowa’s first gentleman, has been diagnosed with lung cancer, according to a statement from Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds (R).
Kim Reynolds announced the diagnosis Thursday morning, saying in a statement: “We are grateful to the amazing medical team who cared for Kevin.” Our doctors assured us that the significant advances in lung cancer treatment are highly effective and that we have every reason to be optimistic. We begin treatment with confidence in our team and together we will get through this. ”
Kevin Reynolds became the first First Gentleman in Iowa history when former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad (R) resigned in 2017 to serve as then-President Trump’s special envoy to China. Governor Kim Reynolds is the first female governor of the Hawkeye State. She won her full term as governor in 2018 and was re-elected in 2022.
The two married in 1982 and have three daughters and 11 grandchildren.
Kim Reynolds said Thursday: “Kevin has been my rock throughout our 41 years of marriage and I will be the same as he begins his treatment.” “We are blessed to be surrounded by a loving family and community of prayer warriors. We know God is with us on this journey.”
Kevin Reynolds began his career in soil and water conservation in Pottawattamie County, Iowa, and later worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Mount Pleasant and Leon, Iowa. He retired in March 2017.
Described as an “avid outdoorsman” He is passionate about educating Iowans about Iowa’s natural resources.
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