Gov. Terry Branstad is defending his decision to nominate his son to a state board that oversees natural resources and hunting regulations, calling Marcus Branstad a sportsman who is well suited to the unpaid job.
During a press conference Monday, Branstad noted that his son hunts, fishes and ice fishes and says he is "very well qualified." Branstad on Friday nominated Marcus Branstad to serve on the Natural Resources Commission.
The nomination must be approved by the Democratic-controlled Senate. Branstad says he spoke with Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal and says he has no problem with the nomination.
Marcus Branstad works for the American Chemistry Council.
The Iowa Natural Resources Commission is a seven-member board that sets policy and hears appeals on cases related to fishing, wildlife, conservation and parks.