Jeff Boeyink lives in world of fast-paced, multi-tasking state politics, but he said his passion to improve the state keeps him motivated.
Boeyink, 49, a 1981 Marshalltown High School graduate, has been serving as the chief of staff for Gov. Terry Branstad since January 2011.
When Boeyink first voted as a student at Central College in 1982, he voted for Branstad for governor. He never could have imagined that 30 years later he would be leading his staff during Branstad's second time around leading the state. His admiration for the governor's dedication to the state is apparent.
"His passion for the state of Iowa is unparalleled," Boeyink said. "He is a decent and caring human being."
It appears there is a mutual respect between the two, and Branstad said he is proud to have Boeyink as his chief of staff.
"Jeff Boeyink is a very hard worker," Branstad said. "He has been around government and Iowa politics for a long time, so he knows the people of the state. He is very perceptive and very knowledgeable on the issues. He's just a great asset."
Boeyink spent two decades working in politics as a lobbyist, for political action committees and associations. He worked alongside Branstad in the 1990s on tax policy and a working relationship formed. That relationship led to his selection as Branstad's most recent campaign manager, then to his chief of staff when Branstad beat the incumbent Chet Culver.
Boeyink's day-to-day duties as chief of staff include a little bit of everything.
"You really do function as the chief operating officer for the entire executive brach of government," Boeyink said.
The one day on the job that sticks out the most in the past 1.5 years is June 30, 2011. That was when the legislative session was in overtime due to the budget and the last day of the fiscal year. The session concluded and the budget was signed that day.
"It was a tough, long process," Boeyink said.
Boeyink and his wife, the former Janet Pries, live in Bondurant and have three children and one grandchild. They still return to Marshalltown as both of their parents live here and he still loves attending Bobcat football games.
"I still consider Marshalltown my hometown," he said.
Is holding an elective office in Boeyink's future?
He said most likely not.
"I've never had the drive to explore an elective office," he said. "I haven't thought about what I'll do next because I feel like we've still got work to do at this office."