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)
Appeals to Eighth Circuit
Established July 20, 1882
Judges assigned 2
Chief judge Linda R. Reade
Official site

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 Linda R. Reade and Judge Mark W. Bennett. There are also two senior judges, Edward J. McManus and Donald E. O'Brien.

It is headquartered in Cedar Rapids, with satellite facilities in Fort Dodge and 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 Kevin W. Techau.

Current Judges[edit]

# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
11 Chief Judge Linda R. Reade Cedar Rapids 1948 2002–present 2006–present G.W. Bush
12 District Judge vacant
5 Senior Judge Edward Joseph McManus Cedar Rapids 1920 1962–1985 1962–1985 1985–present Kennedy
7 Senior Judge Donald Eugene O'Brien Sioux City 1923 1978–1992 1985–1992 1992–present Carter
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
2 Mark W. Bennett Senior Status June 4, 2015 Leonard Terry Strand July 21, 2015

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
6 Hanson, William CookWilliam Cook Hanson IA 1909–1995 1962–1977 1977–1995 Kennedy, Kennedy death
8 Hansen, David RasmussenDavid Rasmussen Hansen IA 1939–present 1986–1991 Reagan, Reagan reappointment
9 Melloy, Michael JosephMichael Joseph Melloy IA 1948–present 1992–2002 1992–1999 Bush, G.H.W.G.H.W. Bush reappointment

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.

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