Office of the Governor of Iowa

Governor Branstad


Gov. Branstad appoints eight Iowans to Judicial Nominating Commission

January 14, 2013

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today appointed eight Iowans to the Judicial Nominating Commission. Iowa Code changes require the State Judicial Nominating Commission to sunset on December 31, 2012.

The previous commission composition was based on Congressional Districts from 1965 with one member from each district, for a total of seven members appointed by the governor.

The new State Judicial Nominating Commission, based on Congressional Districts following the 2010 census, is effective January 1, 2013 in accordance with the Code of Iowa.

The new commission has two members from each Congressional District, one male and one female, for a total of eight members appointed by the governor. Lawyers elect eight lawyer members to the commission. Iowa law requires members serve staggered terms.

Full terms are six years in length. The following individuals were appointed by Gov. Branstad:

Congressional District One
Jerry Welter, Monticello (effective January 19, 2013) – term ends April 30, 2014
Kathy Pearson, Cedar Rapids – term ends April 30, 2018

Congressional District Two
Scott Bailey, Otley – term ends April 30, 2014
Helen Sinclair, Melrose – term ends April 30, 2016

Congressional District Three
Liz Doll, Council Bluffs – term ends April 30, 2016
John Bloom, West Des Moines – term ends April 30, 2018

Congressional District Four
Patricia Roberts, Carroll – term ends April 30, 2014
Steve Sukup, Clear Lake – term ends April 30, 2016

The governor’s appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.

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