Branstad Hospitalized After Suffering From Cold

Terry Branstad, governor of Iowa, speaks during the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015.

Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is receiving medical attention after being incapacitated by the effects of a cold, a spokesman said.

Branstad, a 68-year-old Republican re-elected in November to his sixth term, was attending the opening of a DuPont Pioneer facility in Johnston. He was taken by ambulance to Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, according to a statement issued by Jimmy Centers, a spokesman for the governor.

“The governor is conscious and alert and was so during the transport to the hospital,” Centers said in the e-mailed statement. “Paramedics took the governor’s vitals and initial tests indicate that the spell was caused by a seasonal illness.”

Branstad is the longest-serving governor in Iowa history.

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