U.S. Attorney Kevin W. Techau was sworn in Friday as the top prosecutor of the Northern District of Iowa.
Techau was nominated by President Barack Obama last November, after a recommendation by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate last week. Techau replaces the office left vacant by Stephanie Rose when she was appointed a U.S. District judge to the Southern District of Iowa.
A public investiture ceremony for Techau will be planned for a later date.
“I am honored and excited to serve as United States Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa,” Techau said Friday. “This is a great office, full of smart and passionate people. I look forward to working with other members of the district’s exceptional legal and law enforcement communities. I thank President Obama for nominating me and Senator Harkin for his recommendation and unwavering support through this process.”
Techau, a Marion native, most recently served as Associate General Counsel at American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company, where he worked since 2007. Prior to that, Techau served as a Commissioner of the Iowa Department of Public Safety from 2002 to 2007 and as Director of the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals from 1999 to 2002. He was also an assistant Federal Public Defender and worked in private practice at the law firm of Grefe & Sidney.
Techau also has a military background, serving as a U.S. Air Force judge advocate and in the Iowa Air National Guard.