Iowa Republicans won't have the distraction of searching for a new chief heading into a busy presidential campaign season.

Current Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawn announced Thursday he plans to seek another term at the helm. His decision comes as the state parties in other early primary states such as New Hampshire and South Carolina are scouting for new leadership.

If he's reelected, it will be the first time in eight years that a state GOP chairman has served two terms, according to The Associated Press.

Strawn's announcement was met with immediate support from Gov.-elect Terry Branstad (R).

"The Republican Party of Iowa has been stronger, more visible and imminently more successful since Matt Strawn became our leader," Branstad, who defeated Democratic Gov. Chet Culver last month, said in a statement. "I am enthused about the opportunity to continue to work with him next cycle as we share the Republican message of more jobs, smaller and more efficient government, and better schools with the people of Iowa."

Strawn isn't expected to face any opposition.