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Mark Cady

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Mark Cady
Court Information:
Iowa Supreme Court
Title:   Chief Justice
Salary:  $179,000
Appointed by:   Gov. Terry E. Branstad
Active:   1998-2016
Chief:   2011-2016
Past post:   Judge, Iowa Court of Appeals
Past term:   1994-1998
Past post 2:   District Court Judge
Past term 2:   1986-1994
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Drake University
Law School:   Drake University, 1978

Mark Cady is the chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court. He was appointed to the court in 1998. His current term expires on December 31, 2016. Cady became the Chief Justice of the court effective January 1, 2011.[1][2][3]


Cady received both his undergraduate degree and J.D. from Drake University.[4]


Awards and associations


  • Member, Order of Coif[3]


  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Iowa State Bar Association
  • Member, Webster County Bar Association
  • Member, Iowa Judges Association
  • Member, Iowa State Bar Association
  • Member, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Member, Drake Law School Board of Counselors
  • Member, President's Advisory Council
  • Adjunct faculty member at Buena Vista University[3]


  • Chair, iCivics Inc.
  • Chair, Iowa Supreme Court Task Force on the Court's and Communities' Response to Domestic Abuse[3]


2008 Election

Iowa Supreme Court
2008 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
For retention Green check mark transparent.png 693,233 73%
Against retention 256,817 27%
  • Click here for 2008 General Election Results from the Iowa Secretary of State.

==Notable cases==Varnum vs. Brien: Cady wrote the opinion for the landmark ruling overturning the statewide ban on same sex marriage.[5][6]

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. Cady received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 1.03, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative 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.[7]

See also

External links


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