Judge from Waterloo among finalists for Iowa Supreme Court

A District Court Judge from Waterloo is among three finalists vying for a seat which will soon open up on Iowa’s highest court.

Kellyann Lekar currently serves the state’s First Judicial Circuit, but could soon sit on the bench of the Iowa Supreme Court, after being named as a finalist in the search for the next justice. Lekar is 50 years old and lives in Waterloo. She’s joined in the final three by Fourth Judicial District Court Judge Susan Christensen (from Harlan) and attorney Terri Combs (from West Des Moines). 

No matter which of the three women is ultimately selected by Governor Kim Reynolds, it will mark an historic change for the state. The Iowa Supreme Court is currently only made up of male justices, and is the only state Supreme Court in the country without a woman presently serving on its bench. Two women have served as justices in the past, in Linda K. Neuman and former chief justice Marsha Ternus.

The nominee will replace another Waterloo native in Iowa Supreme Court Justice Bruce Zager, who is set to retire on September 3.

According to the State Judicial Nominating Commission, Governor Reynolds will appoint one of the three finalists within 30 days. Each applicant’s interview video and application are available for viewing on the Iowa Judicial Branch’s website.



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