Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, a Republican, has disclosed that her husband, Kevin Reynolds, has been diagnosed with lung cancer.
The couple has been married for more than four decades. They have three daughters and 11 grandchildren, according to a biography about Iowa’s first gentleman.
“We’re grateful to the incredible medical team caring for Kevin. Our doctor has assured us that significant advancements in lung cancer treatment have been very effective and we have every reason to be optimistic. We are confident in our team as we begin treatment, and we will beat this together,” the governor said in a statement.
“Kevin has been my anchor throughout our 41 years of marriage, and I will be the same for him as he begins treatment. We are blessed to be surrounded by a loving family and a community of prayer warriors. We know God is with us on this journey,” she continued.
The governor won a decisive re-election victory last year.
“Marty, the girls, and I are saddened by the news of First Gentleman Kevin Reynolds’ diagnosis,” Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) tweeted. “We are praying for his strong recovery, and will keep Kevin, @IAGovernor Kim Reynolds, and their entire family in our thoughts and prayers during this time.”