Gov. Branstad this week named Chuck Gipp as the new Director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Gipp replaces Roger Lande, who resigned the position last week.
“I am excited to name Chuck Gipp as the new director of this important department,” said Branstad of Gipp, who most recently was serving as the Deputy Director of the DNR. “Chuck has an outstanding record of service to this state, and I am pleased he will use his knowledge and talents at the DNR. Iowa has some of the most beautiful scenery, amazing waterways and fertile land in the country, and Chuck shares my belief in protecting these precious resources.
“Chuck is an avid outdoorsman, and fully understands the critical role DNR plays in the success of our hunting and fishing industries, and he will work with their advocates to further promote this important part of the Iowa economy,” Branstad concluded.
Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds added, “Chuck Gipp brings a wealth of experience to this position, and he will use his passion for Iowa’s natural resources as his guide in serving Iowans. Chuck’s hands-on, proactive approach will serve the department well.”
Gipp, 64, was a long-time member of the Iowa House of Representatives from Decorah, first elected in 1990. Gipp rose to serve as House Majority Leader in 2003. He served in the House until 2008, when he did not seek re-election.
“This is a great opportunity to serve the people of Iowa and protect our natural resources with common sense solutions,” said Gipp. “I look forward to working with the people of Iowa as we together promote and protect Iowa’s land, lakes, waterways and air.”
Gipp and his wife, Renae, reside in Decorah. They have two grown children.