United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa

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United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa
(N.D. Iowa)
Iowa federal court districts and divisions.svg
The Northern (red) and Southern (blue) Districts of Iowa
Appeals to Eighth Circuit
Established July 20, 1882
Judges assigned 2
Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand
U.S. Attorney Peter Deegan
Official court website

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa (in case citations, N.D. Iowa) has jurisdiction over fifty-two of Iowa's ninety-nine counties. It is subject to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).

The United States District Court for the District of Iowa, established on March 3, 1845, by 5 Stat. 789,[1][2] was subdivided into the current Northern and Southern Districts on July 20, 1882, by 22 Stat. 172.[2]

Presently, the court has two district judges, Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand and Linda R. Reade, one senior judge, Mark W. Bennett, and two magistrate judges, C.J. Williams and Kelly Mahoney.

It is headquartered in Cedar Rapids, with a satellite courthouse in Sioux City. Stephanie M. Rose served as the United States Attorney from 2009 to 2012, she was later commissioned to serve on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa on September 17, 2012.

The current United States Attorney is Peter Deegan.


Federal judicial districts and divisions in Iowa.
Northern District of Iowa
  Western Division
  Central Division
  Eastern Division
  Cedar Rapids Division
Southern District of Iowa
  Western Division
  Central Division
  Davenport Division

The Northern District of Iowa has four court divisions, each covering the following counties:

The Cedar Rapids Division, covering Benton, Cedar, Grundy, Hardin, Iowa, Jones, Linn, and Tama counties.

The Central Division, covering Butler, Calhoun, Carroll, Cerro Gordo, Emmet, Franklin, Hamilton, Hancock, Humboldt, Kossuth, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Webster, Winnebago, Worth, and Wright counties.

The Eastern Division, covering Allamakee, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Chickasaw, Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Floyd, Howard, Jackson, Mitchell, and Winneshiek counties.

The Western Division, covering Buena Vista, Cherokee, Clay, Crawford, Dickinson, Ida, Lyon, Monona, O'Brien, Osceola, Plymouth, Sac, Sioux, and Woodbury counties.

Current judges[edit]

# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
12 Chief Judge Leonard Terry Strand Sioux City 1965 2016–present 2017–present Obama
11 District Judge Linda R. Reade Cedar Rapids 1948 2002–present 2007–2017 G.W. Bush
10 Senior Judge Mark W. Bennett Sioux City 1950 1994–2015 1999–2006 2015–present Clinton

Vacancies and pending nominations[edit]

Seat Seat last held by Vacancy reason Date of vacancy Nominee Date of nomination
1 Linda R. Reade Senior Status October 1, 2017[3]

Former judges[edit]

# Judge State Born–died Active service Chief Judge Senior status Appointed by Reason for
1 Shiras, Oliver PerryOliver Perry Shiras IA 1833–1916 1882–1903 Arthur, Arthur retirement
2 Reed, Henry ThomasHenry Thomas Reed IA 1846–1924 1904–1921 1921–1924 Roosevelt, T.T. Roosevelt death
3 Scott, George CromwellGeorge Cromwell Scott IA 1864–1948 1922–1943 1943–1948 Harding, Harding death
4 Graven, Henry NormanHenry Norman Graven IA 1893–1970 1944–1961 1961 1961–1970 Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt death
5 McManus, Edward JosephEdward Joseph McManus IA 1920–2017 1962–1985 1962–1985 1985–2017 Kennedy, Kennedy death
6 Hanson, William CookWilliam Cook Hanson IA 1909–1995 1962–1977 1977–1995 Kennedy, Kennedy death
7 O'Brien, Donald EugeneDonald Eugene O'Brien IA 1923–2015 1978–1992 1985–1992 1992–2015 Carter, Carter death
8 Hansen, David RasmussenDavid Rasmussen Hansen IA 1938–present 1986–1991 Reagan, Reagan appointment to 8th Cir.
9 Melloy, Michael JosephMichael Joseph Melloy IA 1948–present 1992–2002 1992–1999 Bush, G.H.W.G.H.W. Bush appointment to 8th Cir.

Succession of seats[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Asbury Dickens, A Synoptical Index to the Laws and Treaties of the United States of America (1852), p. 394.
  2. ^ a b U.S. District Courts of Iowa, Legislative history, Federal Judicial Center.
  3. ^ Future Judicial Vacancies

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