CEDAR RAPIDS – Kevin W. Techau today took the United States Attorney’s oath of office as the newest United States Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa. Techau succeeds Stephanie M. Rose as the District’s presidentially appointed United States Attorney and Sean R. Berry as the District’s court appointed United States Attorney. He was nominated by President Barack Obama on November 7, 2013, and was confirmed by the full Senate on February 12, 2014.
A public investiture ceremony for Mr. Techau is planned for the future but no date or details have yet been determined.
“I am honored and excited to serve as United States Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa. This is a great office, full of smart and passionate people. I look forward to working with other members of the District’s exceptional legal and law enforcement communities. I thank President Obama for nominating me and Senator Harkin for his recommendation and unwavering support through this process,” Techau said.
Techau most recently served as Associate General Counsel at American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company, where he worked since 2007. Prior to that, Techau served as a Commissioner of the Iowa Department of Public Safety from 2002 to 2007 and as Director of the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals from 1999 to 2002. He was an Assistant Federal Public Defender with the Iowa Federal Defender’s Office from 1996 to 1999 and worked in private practice at the law firm of Grefe & Sidney from 1992 to 1996.
From 1985 to 1992, Techau served as a Judge Advocate with the United States Air Force. After leaving active duty, he served with the Iowa Air National Guard from 1993 to 2011. In 2011, he retired from the Iowa Air National Guard as a Colonel with 27 years of military service.
Mr. Techau was born in Iowa City and graduated from Marion High School. He received his law degree in 1984 from the University of Iowa College of Law and his undergraduate degree in 1981 from the University of Iowa.