- Associated Press - Monday, December 8, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad announced Monday that he will be sworn in for a sixth term on Jan. 16.

Branstad said his inauguration will be held at 9 a.m. at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center Ballroom in Des Moines. The inaugural ball will be held that night at the same location.

Tickets for both events are available to the public. The inauguration is free, but the ball costs $75 a ticket. The net proceeds will go to a scholarship fund for Iowa high school and college students.

“We are proud to be dedicating the proceeds to scholarships in areas of agriculture, medicine, military families, history and the arts,” Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds said.

There will be other celebratory events throughout the day at the governor’s mansion and the capitol.

Central Iowa businessman Bill Knapp and former cable television executive Jim Cownie are chairing the inaugural committee. Both contributed to Branstad’s campaign.

Branstad was easily re-elected to a sixth nonconsecutive term last month. His campaign focused on his recent efforts to cut taxes, boost job creation and support education.

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