Iowa governor taps former Trump advisor as chief of staff

(Charlie Neibergall | AP)
Published: Nov. 15, 2022 at 6:02 PM CST
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DES MOINES, Iowa (WOWT) - Gov. Kim Reynolds has selected a former Trump administration State Department official to be her new chief of staff.

Iowa native Taryn Frideres served under former President Trump as deputy to the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and as senior advisor to the Deputy Secretary of State. She also previously worked for Sen. Joni Ernst.

Frideres has served as chief operating officer with Reynolds for the past two years. She starts in her new post on Dec. 1, replacing Sara Craig Gongol, who headed Reynolds’ first campaign for governor, then transitioned to become the governor’s chief of staff for the last four years.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.