DES MOINES (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad is defending his picks to the Board of Regents after two of his three nominees were not endorsed by a Senate committee.
Branstad said Monday that senators should not make decisions based on “political litmus tests.”
The Education Committee voted last week to forward two of Branstad's nominations to the full Senate without recommendation. Craig Lang, regent president, did not get the committee's backing. Neither did Grimes businessman Robert Cramer. The board recommended confirming Webster City physician Subhash Sahai to the nine-member board that oversees the state's three public universities.
Lang's tenure has troubled Democrats. Lawmakers questioned Cramer about his socially conservative views.
Branstad praised Lang's record, citing a planned tuition freeze as one accomplishment. Branstad said Cramer's construction knowledge would be valuable.
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