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Iowa Court of Appeals
Court information
Judges:   9
Salary:   $[1]
Judicial selection
Method:   Commission-selection, political appointment
Term:   6 years

The Iowa Court of Appeals is the intermediate appellate court in the State of Iowa. Its purpose is to review appeals from trial court decisions which are referred to the court by the Iowa Supreme Court. The court decides the vast majority of appeals filed from trial courts in the state of Iowa, and its decisions are final unless further review is granted by the Iowa Supreme Court.

The court is composed of nine judges. Each judge is appointed for one year by the governor, from a list of nominees composed by the Iowa Judicial Nominating Commission. After this term, which lasts for one year and then until the January 1st following the next judicial election, the judge faces a retention election. If re-elected, his/her term will normally be six years.[2] The mandatory retirement age is 72, after which some judges go on senior status.

The judges elect the Chief Judge from amongst themselves every two years. The chief judge functions as the administrative head of the court.[3]


JudgeTermAppointed by
Judge Richard Doyle2008-2017
Judge Amanda Potterfield2008-2017
Judge Anuradha Vaitheswaran1999-2018
Judge John Miller (Iowa)1999-2009
Judge Gayle Vogel1996-2017
Judge Michael R. Mullins2011-2018Gov. Terry Branstad
Chief Judge David R. Danilson2009-2017Gov. Chet Culver
Judge Thomas N. Bower2011-12/31/2020Gov. Terry Branstad
Judge Mary Tabor2010-2018Gov. Chet Culver
Judge Christopher McDonald2013-12/31/2020Gov. Terry Branstad

Senior judges

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JudgeElection Vote
BowerThomas N. Bower 
McDonaldChristopher McDonald 


CandidateIncumbentRetention vote:Retention Vote %
VaitheswaranAnuradha Vaitheswaran   ApprovedAYes724,62169.86%ApprovedA
TaborMary Tabor   ApprovedAYes809,27476.95%ApprovedA
MullinsMichael R. Mullins   ApprovedAYes800,30276.65%ApprovedA