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Chester John "Chet" Culver (born January 25, 1966) is the 41st and current Governor of Iowa, having won the 2006 election. His assumption of office marks the first time that Democrats have simultaneously controlled both the executive and legislative branches of Iowa's state government since the 1965–1967 session of the Iowa General Assembly. Culver is also the first Democratic governor in Iowa since Nelson G. Kraschel in 1937 to be elected to succeed another Democrat.

Culver was elected as the Federal Liaison for the Democratic Governors Association for 2008-2009. His father, John Culver, is a former U.S. Senator from Iowa. Culver is running for reelection in 2010.

Culver was born in Washington, D.C. He is a Presbyterian and has served as an elder. He is married to Mariclare Culver, who is Roman Catholic. Culver attended Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Bethesda, Maryland before attending Virginia Tech on a football scholarship. He earned a B.A. in education in 1988. Later, he received an M.A. in teaching from Drake University in 1994.

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