The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on the Iowa U.S. Attorney nominees Thursday, the panel announced today.
-Nick Klinefeldt (Southern District of Iowa): The Des Moines lawyer would replace Matthew G. Whitaker, who has served as U.S. Attorney since 2004. We previously reported that the lawyer has been able to rise above the past of his father, Michael Arthur Klinefeldt, who is serving a 10-year sentence on a methamphetamine conviction. Read more about Klinefeldt here.
-Stephanie Rose (Northern District of Iowa): The Northern District of Iowa Assistant U.S. Attorney would succeed Matt Dummermuth, a Bush U.S. Attorney who never won Senate confirmation. Immigration lawyers and immigrant rights advocates have questioned Rose’s role in a controversial round-up of 300 undocumented immigrants working at a meat packing plant in Postville, Iowa, last year. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said in May that Rose didn’t take part in the decision to prosecute the immigrant workers. Read more about Rose here.
The panel is also slated to consider Southern District of Alabama U.S. Attorney nominee Kenyen Brown at the meeting Thursday.
Another six U.S. Attorney candidates have been nominated so far, but they haven’t come before the committee yet.