Sen. Harkin recommends next U.S. Attorney for Northern District

Techau would fill the vacancy made by Stephanie Rose

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March 28, 2014 | 1:13 pm

Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, recommended Monday that the White House nominate Kevin W. Techau for U.S. Attorney of the Iowa Northern District.

“U.S. Attorneys play a critical role in our law enforcement system, and I take my constitutional role of providing advice on this nomination very seriously,” Harkin said. “Mr. Techau’s career, including in the military, as a federal defender and heading the Iowa Department of Public Safety and Department of Inspections and Appeals under Governor Vilsack demonstrates a commitment to public service, strong leadership, and excellent judgment and integrity."

If nominated and confirmed, Techau would fill the vacancy made by Stephanie Rose, who was confirmed last year as a U.S. District judge for the Southern District.

Harkin said Techau would "vigorously and fairly" enforce the law and continue the "dedication to justice," which was such an important part of Rose’s tenure as U.S. Attorney.

“I am pleased to submit this recommendation to President Obama and I look forward to working with him to fill this important position as quickly as possible,” Harkin said.

Since 2007, Techau has served as Associate General Counsel at the American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company in Des Moines. From 2002-2007, he served under Gov. Vilsack as Commissioner of the Iowa Department of Public Safety and from 1999-2002, he was director of the Department of Inspections and Appeal.

Techau served as an assistant Federal Public Defender from 1996-1999, and prior to that, he was an attorney at Grefe and Sidney in Des Moines.  Techau also has a strong military record, spending seven years on active duty with the Air Force.  He served with the Iowa National Guard after leaving active service.

He is a graduate of Marion High School, the University of Iowa College of Business, and the University of Iowa College of Law.  Techau is also active in the community, serving as president of the Des Moines Library Board, chair of the Keep Iowa Beautiful Board, and as a member of the Civic Music Association Board.  He resides in Des Moines with his family.

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