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Kersten appointed to judicial commission

Iowa Central vice president, former state senator will help vet candidates for state Supreme Court

May 4, 2011
By JESSE HELLING - Messenger city editor , Messenger News

Jim Kersten will serve a six-year term on the Iowa Judicial Nominating Commission.

The Iowa Senate voted 47-0 to confirm Kersten, a former state senator and current vice president of external affairs and government relations at Iowa Central Community College.

Branstad submitted Kersten's nomination to the Senate on April 19.

"(Branstad's) chief of staff called me and asked if I'd have an interest," said Kersten. "I said that if he wanted me to serve, I'd be happy to do so."

As a member of the commission, Kersten will help interview candidates for the Iowa Court of Appeals and the Iowa Supreme Court, Kersten will be one of six non-attorneys to serve on the twelve-member commission.

Kersten served in several appointed positions during Branstad's previous tenure as governor from 1983 to 1999, including the state lottery board. He worked as an administrative assistant to Branstad prior to being elected to the Senate in 1990. He declined to seek a second term and left the Senate in 1994.

Kersten's name was submitted for the position after the Senate refused to confirm attorney William Gustoff, who Branstad initially nominated for the position. Gustoff was rejected by the Senate on April 12.

Kersten's term on the commission will run through April 30, 2017.

Contact Jesse Helling at (515) 573-2141 or



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