WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley and Sen. Joni Ernst today invited Iowa lawyers who would like to be recommended for a judicial appointment by President Donald Trump to serve as a U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Iowa to submit applications by August 11.

The senators intend to make recommendations to fill the federal judgeship that will be left vacant when Judge Linda R. Reade, of Cedar Rapids, takes senior status. Reade was recommended in 2002 by Grassley to President George W. Bush for the seat previously held by Judge Michael Melloy. Reade served as Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Iowa from 2007 until earlier this year.

Nationwide, there are 94 district courts in the federal court system. In Iowa, there are two districts housing a total of five district court judges. Federal judges are nominated by the President, confirmed “with the advice and consent” of the U.S. Senate, and serve lifetime appointments.

Applicants or the Northern District Court judgeship in Iowa should submit a resume, three letters of recommendation, references, and a completed Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire to Fred_Schuster@grassley.senate.gov. Schuster will provide the questionnaire upon request by email or at 319-363-6832.