Branstad makes judicial appointment

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Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad today appointed Kevin McKeever as judge to the Sixth Judicial District. McKeever was appointed to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Douglas S. Russell.

McKeever, 46, of Iowa City, currently serves as an Assistant Muscatine County Attorney. Previously he served as a staff attorney at ACT, Inc. and Assistant Ramsey County Attorney in Minnesota. McKeever received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in 1991 and his law degree from the University of Iowa in 2001.

The governor thanked the District 6 Judicial Nominating Commission, complimenting them on two excellent nominees for the position.

“The two individuals sent to me for consideration by the Judicial Nominating Commission were outstanding, and both could serve as great judges, making this a very difficult decision,” said Branstad. “Kevin McKeever is a talented experienced prosecutor with a sharp legal mind and has a tremendous work ethic.”

McKeever served as Lieutenant in the United States Navy from 1991 to 1998, and as Lieutenant Commander in the United States Naval Reserve from 1999 to 2007.   He also serves on the Board of Directors for the African American Museum of Iowa and on the Iowa Department of Human Rights’ Disproportionate Minority Contact Committee.

District 6 consists of the following counties: Benton, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn and Tama.