Familiar, Friendly, and Loyal: High Expectations for Iowa Politicians

Dec 21, 2015

Since 1969, Iowa’s governors have averaged a decade in office each, significantly longer than governors of other states.

"Iowans, for a number of reasons, seem to like their governors as long as they are doing certain things," says Chris Larimer of the political science department at the University of Northern Iowa. “Accessibility and visibility – there is an expectation among Iowans that you need to be out there on a regular basis.” 

On this edition of River to River, political analyst Chris Larimer talks about his latest book, Gubernatorial Stability in Iowa: A Stranglehold on Power, where he explores what Iowans expect from the state’s chief executives.

Also, with the 2016 Iowa legislative session only weeks away, Larimer and IPR statehouse correspondent Joyce Russell share what’s in store for lawmakers in the coming months.