Branstad appoints Polk County prosecutor to District Judgeship

Court -- GavelBy The Iowa Statesman


Tuesday, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad appointed David M. Porter as judge to the District Court in the 5C Judicial District to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Richard G. Blane. Porter, 38, of Johnston, currently serves as an Assistant Polk County Attorney.

“David Porter’s intellect and strong work ethic make him well-suited for the district court,” Branstad noted.  He further stated, “Mr. Porter is a skilled and talented attorney who has shown leadership in the courtroom and in his community as well.”

District 5 consists of the following counties: Adair, Adams, Clarke, Dallas, Decatur, Guthrie, Jasper, Lucas, Madison, Marion, Polk, Ringgold, Taylor, Union, Warren and Wayne.

In 2012, Porter was the subject of an investigative report by WHO-TV that indicated the Polk County Attorney’s Office may have been withholding public information in violation of Iowa’s Open Records Law. No action was taken against Porter or the Polk County Attorney’s Office as a result of the investigation.

Porter serves as a mentor with ManUp Iowa which serves as a group mentoring agency that provide a host of resources that assist in young men leading healthy and successful lives.  He competed nationally in Moot Court and Mock Trial teams while in law school and undergraduate school, receiving multiple awards and accolades.  Additionally, he served as Vice President of the Black Law Student Association, a representative on the Student Bar Association and a member of the Blackstone Inn of Court.

Previously he served as an Assistant County Attorney in Wapello County and served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Drake University School of Law and as a Certified Legal Instructor for the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy.  Porter received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland in 2000 and his law degree from Drake University in 2004.