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|Current Court Information:|
|Iowa Supreme Court|
|Title: || Justice|
|Appointed by: || Gov. Tom Vilsack|
|Active: || 2003-2020|
|Past post: || Judge, Iowa Court of Appeals|
|Past term: || 2006-2008|
|Past post 2: || Partner, Williams, Hart, Lavorto & Kirtley|
|Past term 2: || 1976-2003|
|Undergraduate: || University of Illinois at Chicago, 1973|
|Law School: || Drake University Law School, 1976|
|Candidate for: ||Supreme Court|
|Election information 2012:|
|Election date: ||November 6, 2012|
|Retention vote %: ||54.5% |
David Wiggins is a justice for the Iowa Supreme Court. He was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2003 by Governor Tom Vilsack, and his current term expires 2020.
Wiggins received his B.A. from the University of Illinois, Chicago in 1973 and his J.D. from Drake University Law School in 1976.
Awards and associations
- 1999:, Meritorious Achievement Award, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association
- Former member, Board of Governors, Iowa State Bar Association
- Past president, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association
- Former senior counsel, American College of Barristers
- Master emeritus, C. Edwin Moore American Inn of Court
- Advocate, American Board of Trial Advocates
Wiggins was retained in the general election on November 6, 2012, receiving 54.5% of the vote.
- See also: Iowa judicial elections, 2012
- See also: Political outlook of State Supreme Court Justices
In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Wiggins received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.96, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is more liberal than the average CF score of 0.21 that justices received in Iowa. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.
- Iowa Courts, "Justice David Wiggins Biography"
- The American Prospect, "Poll Spells Trouble for Iowa Judge," September 4, 2012
- The Des Moines Register, "Branstad on call for justice’s ouster: ‘Every citizen has the right to express their opinion’," August 6, 2012
- The Newspaper, "Iowa Supreme Court Saves Photo Ticketing Program," August 29, 2008