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UI appoints Braun as associate director of governmental relations
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Mark J. Braun of Muscatine has been appointed associate
director of governmental relations for the University of Iowa. As associate
director, Braun will represent the UI before the Iowa legislature, the
governor's office, state agencies and other associated constituencies.
He will work in Des Moines during the legislative session.
Braun comes to the UI with considerable experience both in state and
federal government. Since 1995 he has been a research analyst with the
Iowa Senate Republican Caucus Staff. During that time, he worked with the
senate appropriations chairman, helping prepare the state budget. He also
worked with the state government committees as well as for the budget subcommittees
on education, oversight and transportation and capitals. His work included
researching special projects, staffing the biannual review and rewrite
of public retirement laws, monitoring the Racing and Gaming Commission
and the Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board, and managing caucus staff
assigned to the nine appropriations subcommittees.
Before joining the Iowa Senate Republican Caucus Staff, Braun worked
for Iowa Second District Congressman Jim Nussle. From 1992-93 he was a
staff assistant in Nussle's Washington, D.C., office. He served as district
representative in Nussle's Waterloo office from 1993-95.
"The university is a responsible steward of knowledge and resources
that provides substantial benefits for all Iowans," Braun said. "I
am very excited to work on behalf of the University of Iowa and the board
Braun has a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University
of Iowa (1991) and a bachelor of science degree in public administration
from Upper Iowa University (1994).
"Mark Braun brings a wealth of experience and talent to the University,"
said Larry Murphy, UI consultant who manages the governmental relations
office. "He will bring a fresh, but practical perspective to government
relations. Mark is highly respected in legislative circles and will be
a positive voice for the University of Iowa in Des Moines."