Former Iowa Gov. Robert D. Ray has died.
Ray, 89, served five terms as governor of Iowa, from 1969 to the start of 1983.
In a statement Sunday, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds praised Ray’s leadership.
“Governor Ray’s legacy lives on in the millions of people that he impacted as a tremendous statesman for Iowa and our nation,” she said. “His civility, courage and common-sense governing set a high standard for those who followed.”
His tenure was marked by several high-profile issues, including his commitment to resettling Southeast Asian refugees who were displaced by wars in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and other parts of the region.