The seven-member commission is an independent entity, separate from the Iowa Judicial Branch. Members include:

  • Four persons (not lawyers or judges) appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senate; no more than two of the four lay persons on the commission may belong to the same political party

  • One district court judge appointed by the chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court

  • Two practicing lawyers appointed by the chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court; the two practicing lawyers on the commission may not belong to the same political party

Commission members serve staggered-six year terms

Judicial Qualifications Commission

Each member serves a six-year term with no possible second term

Name City Appointed by Term Expires
Martha Shaff, Chair Davenport Iowa Supreme Court 12/31/2023
Hon. Kathleen Kilnoski Council Bluffs Iowa Supreme Court 12/31/2026
Melvin Shaw Coralville Iowa Supreme Court 12/31/2021
Jeanita McNulty Blue Grass Governor Reynolds 4/30/2025
Rich Wright Sioux City Governor Reynolds 4/30/2027
Emily Callison Ankeny Governor Reynolds 4/30/2027
O. Jay Tomson Mason City Governor Branstad 4/30/2023