Iowa’s state Human Services Director Jerry Foxhoven was asked to resign by Republican Governor Kim Reynolds last month a day after he sent agencywide email of Tupac lyrics.
For years, Foxhoven hosted weekly “Tupac Fridays” where he would play the rapper’s music in the office. He also brought Shakur-themed cookies to the office to celebrate his 65th birthday, some with the iconic phrase “Thug life” written on them.
The AP, through a public records request, was given 350 pages worth of emails with the words “Tupac” or “2Pac” sent to and from Foxhoven during his two-year tenure at the helm of Iowa’s Department of Human Services.
A spokesman for the governor says “a lot of factors contributed to the resignation of Jerry Foxhoven and now Gov. Reynolds is looking forward to taking DHS in a new direction.”
He reportedly noted in one of his emails sent before his ouster that the governor had made the decision to “go in a different direction” before he sent the agencywide email celebrating both Shakur’s birthday and his two-year work anniversary.He said he sent the email in an attempt to break down racist stereotypes about rap music.