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Reynolds appoints former staff attorney to Court of Appeals

By: - August 10, 2023 12:01 pm

The Iowa Court of Appeals is located in the Iowa Judicial Branch Building In Des Moines. (Photo courtesy of Iowa Judicial Branch)

Sam Langholz applied to the Iowa Supreme Court in 2020. (Photo courtesy of University of Iowa)

Samuel Langholz, chief deputy attorney general for Attorney General Brenna Bird, will sit on the Iowa Court of Appeals, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced.

Langholz previously served in Reynolds’ office as senior legal counsel for over two years and was the assistant solicitor general for former Attorney General Tom Miller.

“I’m pleased to name an accomplished legal mind in Samuel Langholz to the Court of Appeals,” Reynolds said in a news release. “He is a committed public servant with broad experience, having represented clients at every level of our state and federal court systems, and a demonstrated commitment to the craft of legal writing and reasoning.”

In January, Langholz was announced as Bird’s first senior staff hire, an appointment she said would lead her legal team “as we fight back against the radical Biden agenda.”

“Sam has a keen legal mind, thoughtful approach to the law, and unwavering respect for both our state and federal Constitutions,” Bird said in a news release.

Additionally, Langholz has served as the chief administrative law judge for the Department of Inspections and Appeals, as the state public defender and for a civil law firm as an associate attorney. 

The Clear Lake High School graduate now lives in Ankeny and was a 2008 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law.

A 17-person committee sent a slate of candidates to Reynolds after an interview process spanning over a month.

The Court announced the open position in June following the retirement of Judge Anuradha Vaitheswaran.

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Jay Waagmeester
Jay Waagmeester

Jay is a former Iowa Capital Dispatch intern. Jay is based in Ames and is currently a senior majoring in journalism and marketing at Iowa State University. He has interned at New Century Press and contributed to the Iowa State Daily.