President Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated U.S. Magistrate Leonard Terry Strand to serve as the next U.S. District Court judge for the Northern District of Iowa.
Strand’s nomination will next go before the U.S. Senate for a vote. If approved, he will succeed U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett, who took senior status in June.
Strand has served in the Northern District as a federal magistrate in Sioux City since 2012.
Bennett said last month that Strand will make an “excellent” district judge.
U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, nominated Strand in April following recommendations made to him the Judicial Selection Commission he formed for this vacancy and one in the Southern District. Grassley previously said the commission members spent hundreds of hours reviewing applications and interviewing each of the 39 Iowans who submitted applications.
Before being appointed to the bench, Strand was an attorney with Simmons Perrine, Moyer and Bergman in Cedar Rapids, where he specialized in commercial litigation and employment law and also served on the firm’s management committee.
He joined Simmons, Perrine as an associate in 1990 and was made partner in 1996. He received his Juris Doctorate with highest distinction in 1990 from the University of Iowa College of Law and his Bachelor of Arts with high distinction from the UI in 1987.