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Gregg named Iowa State Public Defender

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DES MOINES (KWWL) - Governor Terry Branstad has nominated Adam Gregg to replace Sam Langholz as Iowa State Public Defender.

The Iowa State Public Defender coordinates legal representation for those who are arrested and cannot afford their own attorney. The position is outlined in Iowa Code 13B.

Gregg, a 2009 graduate of Drake University Law School, held internships with the U.S. Deptartment of Defense, U.S. Congress and United Kingdom Parliament. He served as the legislative liaison in the Governor's Office from December 2012 to June 2014. He practiced law at a Des Moines law firm and was the Republican nominee for Attorney General in November.

“As the Governor's Office's legislative liaison, Adam had a reputation of working with legislators of both parties as historic legislation passed both chambers,” Governor Branstad said in a written statement. “As State Public Defender, I'm confident that Adam will work to represent and defend individuals who otherwise couldn't afford legal representation in our legal system.”

Langholz left the position to pursue a new job in the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals.

The Iowa State Public Defender is subject to Iowa Senate confirmation.

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