Branstad taps Roederer as budget chief

Here’s the Radio Iowa story.  Governor-elect Terry Branstad has named a long-time confidant as his top budget advisor.  Dave Roederer is well-known within Iowa political circles, having served as chair of George W. Bush’s 2004 Iowa effort and as chair of John McCain’s 2008 effort in Iowa for the caucuses and the general election.  Read the announcement from the Branstad campaign below:

Branstad names Roederer as head of Department of Management

(URBANDALE) – Gov.-elect Terry Branstad today named his first department official, announcing David Roederer to head the Iowa Department of Management upon assuming office on Jan. 14, 2011.

Roederer, who is spearheading the governor-elect’s transition team, is currently the executive director of the Iowa Chamber Alliance.

“In David, Iowans will have a hard-working and dedicated public servant running the Department of Management,” said Gov. Branstad. “He will bring energy and enthusiasm to this position, and is someone who will be a trusted ally for Iowa’s taxpayers. We have a significant number of challenges facing our state budget, and David will be instrumental in helping me create a five year strategic budget plan, implement a two year budget, and bring state spending back in line with state resources.”

Roederer looks forward to serving the administration in his new position.

“I am excited about this challenge and the opportunity to once again work with Governor Branstad and his team,” said Roederer. “Governor Branstad is committed to getting our state’s fiscal house in order, and serving the people of Iowa in this capacity is a great honor. I am excited to immediately begin work on this budget, and ensuring we have an efficient, transparent product for the taxpayers of Iowa.”

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