The U.S. Senate confirmed Kevin W. Techau as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa Wednesday during a floor hearing.
Techau, who had just shared the news with his wife, said he was grateful to Sen. Tom Harkin for the recommendation and honored to be nominated by President Obama for top prosecutor in the district.
"I plan to tie things up here and (possibly) start next week in Cedar Rapids," Techau said Wednesday afternoon from Des Moines. "I know I'll be joining a great group of talented people in the office and look forward to working with them."
Techau's wife Stephanie, who is an attorney with Nyemaster Goode in Des Moines, will be transferring to the Cedar Rapids office, and they both look forward to moving to the community, he said. Techau has family in Cedar Rapids and Marion, where his parents moved when he was in 6th grade.
Techau said he plans to start his new job as soon as U.S. District Chief Judge Linda Reade swears him in.
A more formal swearing in ceremony will be set later for friends, family and colleagues to attend.
Harkin, D-Iowa, recommended Techau to fill the vacancy when Stephanie Rose was confirmed as a U.S. District judge for the Southern District last year.
“This confirmation is welcome news for Iowa because it signals that another highly-qualified, dedicated public servant will soon be sworn in as U.S. Attorney for Iowa’s Northern District,” Harkin said after the vote. “I am delighted by how quickly this nomination moved through the Senate and I congratulate Kevin Techau on this announcement.”
Techau has served as Associate General Counsel at the American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company in Des Moines since 2007. From 2002-2007, he served under Governor Vilsack as Commissioner of the Iowa Department of Public Safety.
His other professional experience includes director of the Department of Inspections and Appeals from 1999-2002, from 1996-1999 he served as an assistant Federal Public Defender and prior to that position he was an attorney with Grefe and Sidney in Des Moines.
Techau also has a strong military record, having spent seven years on active duty with the U.S. Air Force and Iowa National Guard after leaving active service.
He graduated from Marion High School and received his undergraduate degree at the University of Iowa College of Business, and his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law.