Governor appoints Workers’ Compensation Commissioner
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Gov. Terry Branstad appointed Joe Cortese as Iowa’s Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Tuesday, Feb. 3. Cortese will replace Michelle "Miki” McGovern, who had been serving as the acting commissioner since September 2014.

"With over thirty years of experience in workers’ compensation, I’m confident Joe Cortese will serve as an independent and fair commissioner,” said Branstad. "I appreciate Miki’s service to the department and the state in the interim.”

Cortese will assume the role of commissioner effective Feb. 16. His appointment is subject to Iowa Senate confirmation.

Cortese practices workers’ compensation law at Huber, Book, Cortese & Lanz, in West Des Moines, Iowa, where he is a partner. He has been with the firm, formerly Jones, Hoffmann & Huber, since 1981. He has been a partner since 1985. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and earned his J.D. with honors from Drake University Law School. He is a member of The Iowa State Bar Association, Polk County Bar Association, Iowa Association of Workers’ Compensation Attorneys, Iowa Defense Counsel Association, Defense Research Institute and a founding member of the American Academy of ADR Attorneys.