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Branstad Names Capitol Conference Room After Former Iowa Governor

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    April 23, 2014 | 1:02 pm
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Gov. Terry Branstad has named a large conference room in the state Capitol in honor of former Gov. Robert D. Ray.

    Branstad announced the honor Wednesday, on Ray's 84th birthday.

    Ray and his family joined Branstad for a brief ceremony.

    Ray's official portrait will hang in the conference room, where Branstad holds weekly news conferences.

    Ray, a Republican, was elected governor in 1968 and served for 14 years.

    He also served as interim mayor of Des Moines and interim president of Drake University.