Raised on a family farm near Lytton, Iowa, Hecht received a B.A. from Morningside College in 1974 and a J.D. from the University of South Dakota in 1977. Hecht entered private practice in Sioux City, Iowa, remaining in this profession for 22 years, until he was appointed to the Iowa Court of Appeals by Governor Tom Vilsack in 1999. In 2004, Hecht received an LL.M. from the University of Virginia School of Law.
| Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court
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