Gov. Kim Reynolds appoints new Iowa Supreme Court justice

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Gov. Kim Reynolds has appointed her second justice to the Iowa Supreme Court.

Judge Christopher McDonald will serve in the place of Justice Daryl Hecht, who retired in December 2018.

McDonald received his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law and his undergraduate degree from Grand View University. McDonald has been serving on the Iowa Court of Appeals since September 2013.

Judge McDonald also served as a district judge in the Fifth Judicial District.

“Judge McDonald has a wealth of life experience which has prepared him exceptionally well to serve our state in this new role,” said Gov. Reynolds. “He is a brilliant and thoughtful jurist who will bring a diverse and fair perspective to the bench. That’s vital as Iowans deserve a judge who believes in applying the law, not making it.”

Gov. Reynolds received three nominees from the state judicial nominating commission before selection McDonald. 

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