Brenna Bird, a Republican, defeated Democrat Tom Miller to become the next attorney general of Iowa, with the results of the midterm elections still being tallied. Miller held the American record for the longest tenure as state attorney general.
According to KCCI-TV, the contest between Bird and Miller was close, with Bird taking 50.84 percent of the vote and Miller coming in second place with 49.16 percent.
The Associated Press reported that Miller has been the state’s attorney general for nearly 40 years.
Miller began serving as attorney general in 1978, and after unsuccessfully running for governor from 1990 to 1994, he held the position for several years.
But on Tuesday night, he gave in and contacted Bird. On Wednesday, the AP declared the race to be over.
“Of course we’re disappointed with the result tonight. But briefly a short time ago I called Brenna Bird, congratulated her and told her she’s going to get a great job. And it is an absolutely great job,” Miller told reporters following the defeat.
— James Stratton KCCI (@JStrattonKCCI) November 9, 2022
The Republican Attorneys General Association, which contributed to Bird’s campaign funding and acknowledged the crucial role that Iowa’s law enforcement played in her election, also congratulated her.
In a statement congratulating Bird on her victory, RAGA chairman and South Carolina attorney general Alan Wilson said: “Brenna was an outstanding candidate and earned this victory through a hard-fought campaign.”
As a former prosecutor who is committed to bolstering the criminal justice system, speaking up for crime victims, and supporting law enforcement, nearly all of Iowa’s sheriffs—Democrats and Republicans—endorsed AG-elect Bird.
“She will also push back against the reckless policies coming out of Washington, D.C. or Des Moines that make it harder to lock up the bad guys and prevent law enforcement from doing their job.”
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“Bird will make instant contributions to the ongoing legal efforts by Republican AGs trying to stop the Biden Administration from violating the Constitution and bastardizing the rule of law,” RAGA executive director Peter Bisbee added to the statement.
In her victory speech on Tuesday, Bird told her supporters that she would be supporting law enforcement and fighting crime as Iowa’s attorney general.
“I’ll tell you what, I am looking forward to the next four years. We are going to back the blue, we are going to help crime victims,” Bird said, according to the Des Moines Register. CONTINUE READING…