Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) recommended the White House nominate Kevin W. Techau to become the next U.S. Attorney for Iowa’s Northern District.
Techau would fill a vacancy left by Stephanie Rose, who last year became the first female judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa.
“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 in a statement released earlier this week. “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 [Tom Vilsack] demonstrates a commitment to public service, strong leadership, and excellent judgment and integrity.”
Techau is the associate general counsel at the American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company in Des Moines. Previously, he headed the Iowa Department of Public Safety under former Democratic Gov. Vilsack.
He has also served as the director of the Department of Inspections and Appeal and as an assistant Federal Public Defender.
He was in the Air Force for seven years and joined the Iowa National Guard after leaving active service.
Techau graduated from the University of Iowa College of Business and the University of Iowa College of Law.