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
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.”
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.
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.
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.