The Judicial Nominating Commission has just submitted three names to Governor Branstad for the opening on the Iowa Court of Appeals. One of the three (District Court Judge Michael Mullins) was among the nine names the Nominating Commission submitted to Branstad in late January for the three openings on the Iowa Supreme Court.
Des Moines, May 10, 2011—The State Judicial Nominating Commission selected the following three nominees to fill the vacancy on the Iowa Court of Appeals that occurred when Justice Edward Mansfield was appointed to the Iowa Supreme Court.
Susan Christensen, Harlan, Age 49
District Associate Judge (appointed 2007)—Fourth Judicial District
J.D., 1991, Creighton University
Bruce Kempkes, Earlham, Age 55
Assistant Attorney General
J.D., 1980, University of Iowa
Michael R. Mullins, Washington, Age 58
District Judge (appointed 2002)—Eighth Judicial District
J.D., 1982, Drake University
In accordance with the Constitution of the State of Iowa, Governor Branstad has thirty days in which to make the appointments to the court from this slate of nominees. A summary resume, completed questionnaire and writing samples for each candidate are posted on the Judicial Branch website at: