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Boeyink Stepping Down As Branstad's Chief of Staff

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Jeff Boeyink announced Friday that he is stepping down as Gov. Terry Branstad's chief of staff at the end of next week.

Boeyink -- who served as the governor's campaign manager in 2009/10, as co-chair of the transition team following the successful November 2010 election, and as Branstad's chief of staff since the January 2011 inaugural -- will leave the position on Friday, Sept. 6.

"Working for Terry Branstad has been the honor of my life and the decision to leave this office is the most difficult I have ever made," Boeyink said in a statement.

"I am exceptionally proud of the team we have assembled to serve the governor and lt. governor, and believe the unprecedented results we secured in the last three years, and in particular in the most recent legislative session, are a testament to our collective vision and hard work," he added.

"I am looking forward to taking my first vacation since 2008 before I begin a new career in the private sector," Boeyink added in his statement. "In addition, I will now have the opportunity to provide more time and effort in helping build the governor's campaign effort as we look forward to a potential re-election run in 2014. My commitment to Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. (Kim) Reynolds is as strong as ever and I want to help ensure they are leading our state for many years to come."

Boeyink did not indicate what his future position in the private sector would be.

Branstad said Boeyink has been a "valued part of our team" since he joined the governor's campaign in 2009. He said Boeyink's leadership will be "greatly missed."

"His ability to identify talent, and to train and mentor those with whom he works, has been instrumental in helping us achieve the biggest property tax cut in state history, landmark education reform, and a new modern outcomes-based health care system that will be a model for the nation," Branstad said in a statement.

Reynolds called Boeyink a "strong and steady force" who gave tireless energy to support the efforts of the Branstad administration to achieve the goals of creating jobs, increasing family incomes, reducing the size and cost of government, and improving education in Iowa.

"He embedded those goals through every layer of the executive branch in his daily work and that commitment has made a difference," the lieutenant governor said.

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