|Adam Gregg named Iowa State Public Defender|
Gov. Terry Branstad named Adam Gregg as the Iowa State Public Defender Dec. 8. One of Gregg’s first engagements was to introduce himself to the ISBA at the Board of Governors meeting held at the Meadows Conference Center in Altoona that same day.
"As the Governor’s Office’s legislative liaison, Adam had a reputation of working with legislators of both parties as historic legislation passed both chambers,” said Branstad. "As State Public Defender, I’m confident that Adam will work to represent and defend individuals who otherwise couldn’t afford legal representation in our legal system.”
"I am humbled and honored to have been asked by Governor Branstad to serve Iowans as the State Public Defender,” said Gregg. "I am eager to begin my work ensuring that every Iowan is provided the constitutional right to counsel and has fair representation in our justice system.”
Gregg graduated in 2009 with high honors from Drake University Law School, where he received the institution’s most prestigious honor, the Opperman Scholarship. While there, he earned the faculty’s William and Ellen Cooney Hoye Award, given to the student who demonstrates the greatest promise as an advocate, public servant and practitioner.
Gregg’s experience includes internships with the U.S. Dept. of Defense, U.S. Congress and United Kingdom Parliament. From December 2012 - June 2014, he served as the legislative liaison in the Governor’s Office. Prior to joining the Governor’s Office, Gregg practiced at a Des Moines law firm. He was the Republican nominee for Attorney General in 2014.
The position of State Public Defender is subject to Iowa Senate confirmation. Gregg replaces Sam Langholz, who left the position to pursue a new job in the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals.