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Release: Immediate

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 of regents."

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."