With Branstad Resigning, Top Aide Leaving State Government

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad resigns to become ambassador to China, his chief of staff is leaving his job and will seek work in the private sector.

Michael Bousselot (BOO’-sa-low), who has been Branstad’s top aide since July 2015, announced Tuesday he’d pursue opportunities outside of state government.

His announcement came one day before Branstad is scheduled to resign to become the next U.S. ambassador to China. Bousselot traveled with his boss to New York City before then President-elect Donald Trump announced Branstad as his nomination for the diplomatic post. Bousselot also traveled with Branstad to Washington during the Senate confirmation process.

Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, who will be sworn in as governor Wednesday, is expected to announce her own chief of staff.

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