Western Iowans appointed to JNC by Gov. Branstad


January 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

(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.

His appointments from western Iowa include, in Congressional District Three: Liz Doll, from Council Bluffs, whose term ends April 30, 2016, and, from Congressional District Four: Patricia Roberts, of Carroll, whose term ends April 30, 2014. The governor’s appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.

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.