Samuel Langholz has been appointed as a judge to the Iowa Court of Appeals. On August 9, 2023, Governor Kim Reynolds selected Langholz from a list of five nominees sent to her by the Judicial Nominating Commission.
Langholz served as the Chief Deputy Attorney General in the Iowa Attorney General’s Office under Brenna Bird. He has previously held positions as Assistant Solicitor General, an Administrative Law Judge, Senior Legal Counselor to the Governor, State Public Defender, law firm associate, and clerk to Judge Steve Colloton.
Langholz earned his undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University and his law degree from the University of Iowa in 2008. He is from Clear Lake and currently lives in Ankeny. He is married and has two sons.
Judge Langholz fills the seat previously held by recently-retired Judge Anuradha Vaitheswaran, who sat on the Court for 24 years. Judge Vaitheswaran was appointed to the Court of Appeals by Governor Tom Vilsack in 1999.