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Iowa Supreme Court elects Susan Christensen chief justice

Justice Susan Christensen (Iowa Judicial Branch)
Justice Susan Christensen (Iowa Judicial Branch)(KCRG)
Published: Feb. 24, 2020 at 12:34 PM CST
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The Iowa Supreme Court has elected Justice Susan Christensen as its next chief justice. She becomes only the second woman in state history to rise to chief of the seven-member court.

Appointed by Gov. Kim Reynolds in 2018, Christensen is part of a new more conservatively constituted court.

Reynolds has named three justices to the court since becoming governor and will name a fourth after acting Chief Justice David Wiggins retires next month. Wiggins became acting chief after the unexpected death of Chief Justice Mark Cady in November from a heart attack.