WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) released the follow statement after voting to confirm Leonard Terry Strand, as a judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa:

“I’m pleased to see Judge Strand confirmed as a federal judge for the Northern District of Iowa. He is dedicated to serving the people of Iowa and I look forward to continuing to follow his outstanding career as he continues to serve our great state and nation.

“I would also like to thank Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and the members of the Judicial Selection Commission for their due diligence and hard work throughout the nomination process.”

Senator Ernst introduced Judge Strand at his nomination hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in which she noted that the Judicial Selection Commission formed by Chairman Grassley “was comprised of experienced and respected members of Iowa’s legal community who spent countless hours reviewing applications and carefully studying the applicants’ professional history and qualifications. The Commission then made the recommendation of Judges Ebinger and Strand to Chairman Grassley, who in turn reviewed them, consulted with me, and then recommended them to the White House.”

The American Bar Association rated Judge Strand as “Unanimously Well Qualified” for the position. Judge Strand earned his B.A., with high distinction, from the University of Iowa in 1987 and his J.D., with highest distinction, from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1990. In 1990, Judge Strand joined the law firm of Simmons, Perrine, Moyer, and Bergman in Cedar Rapids as an associate, and was made partner in 1996, serving with the firm until 2012. Since June 7, 2012, Judge Strand has served as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of Iowa.

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