David Wiggins

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David Wiggins
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Court Information:
Iowa Supreme Court
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $171,000
Appointed by:   Gov. Tom Vilsack
Active:   2003-2020
Past post:   Judge, Iowa Court of Appeals
Past term:   2006-2008
Past post 2:   Partner, Williams, Hart, Lavorto & Kirtley
Past term 2:   1976-2003
Personal History
Undergraduate:   University of Illinois at Chicago, 1973
Law School:   Drake University Law School, 1976
Candidate 2012:
Candidate for:  Supreme Court
State:  Iowa
Election information 2012:
Incumbent:  Yes
Election date:  November 6, 2012
Retention vote %:  54.5% ApprovedA

David Wiggins is a justice for the Iowa Supreme Court. He was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2003 by Governor Tom Vilsack, and his current term expires 2020.[1][2]


Wiggins received his B.A. from the University of Illinois, Chicago in 1973 and his J.D. from Drake University Law School in 1976.[3]


Awards and associations


  • 1999:, Meritorious Achievement Award, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association[1]


  • Former member, Board of Governors, Iowa State Bar Association
  • Past president, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association
  • Former senior counsel, American College of Barristers
  • Master emeritus, C. Edwin Moore American Inn of Court
  • Advocate, American Board of Trial Advocates[1]



Wiggins was retained in the general election on November 6, 2012, receiving 54.5 percent of the vote.[2][4]

See also: Iowa judicial elections, 2012

Political outlook

See also: Political outlook of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Wiggins received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.96, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is more liberal than the average CF score of 0.21 that justices received in Iowa. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[5]

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