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Branstad nominates North Iowan to judicial post

Sandy Blodgett of Clear Lake, iowa
Sandy Blodgett of Clear Lake, iowa

Des Moines – March 2 – Governor Terry E. Branstad has announced the appointment of Sandy Blodgett to to a full, six-year term on the Iowa Judicial Qualifications Commission, it was announced yesterday in Des Moines. Blodgett, who lives in Clear Lake, was initially appointed in 2011 to fill an unexpired term, in one of the Governor’s first appointments made of a north Iowan in his present term of office.

According to its website, the seven-member Iowa JQC is the government entity responsible for evaluating and investigating allegations of misconduct by Iowa Judges, Magistrates, and Court employees. The Iowa Supreme Court, which is empowered to discipline, remove, or retire a judicial officer for good cause, can only do so upon the application of the JQC. The Court cannot discipline, retire, or remove any judicial officer without first receiving a public report from the Judicial Qualifications Commission. JQC members serve six- year terms, and must be confirmed by the Iowa Senate following nomination by the Governor.

Troy Blodgett, President Gerald R. Ford, Fred Grandy and Sandy Blodgett, 1976
Troy Blodgett, President Gerald R. Ford, Fred Grandy and Sandy Blodgett, 1976

Mrs. Blodgett has been active in Republican politics since 1968, and had previously served in 1985-89 on the Governor’s Judicial Nominations Board, as well as on the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women, from 1989 to 1993. She also managed the Mason City district office of U.S. Representative Fred Grandy from 1987-93, and served as a Legislative Clerk to her husband, retired Iowa lawmaker Gary B. Blodgett, from 1993 to 2001. Dr. Gary Blodgett served four terms as Assistant Majority Leader in the Iowa House of Representatives, representing Mason City, Clear Lake, Ventura, and other north Iowa communities. From 2002 to 2007, Mrs. Blodgett served as a volunteer in the White House office of former First Lady Laura Bush, assisting Mrs. Bush with her correspondence.

Sandy Blodgett lived in Mason City until 1995, and was active in numerous local charitable endeavors, and served on the Board of Directors of Mercy/North Iowa, Inc. Mrs. Blodgett was also a director of Mercy”s parent corporation, which is based in the state of Michigan.

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