Michael John Streit[1] (born 1950) is an attorney and judge from Johnston, Iowa. Born in Sheldon, Iowa, he received his bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa in 1972. In 1975, he graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law.[2] He then practiced law in Chariton until 1983. He also served as assistant Lucas County attorney and Lucas County attorney before being appointed as a district court judge in 1983. Justice Streit was appointed to the Court of Appeals in 1996, and appointed to the Iowa Supreme Court in 2001. He was ousted from the Iowa Supreme Court in 2010 by failing to win a retention vote, after a national campaign in protest of the unanimous decision in Varnum v. Brien,[3] which struck down a statutory same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional.[4] In 2012, Streit received a Profile in Courage Award from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.[5]

Justice Streit is married and has one son.[6]


  1. ^ https://www.martindale.com/west-des-moines/iowa/michael-john-streit-996739-a/
  2. ^ "Judicial Branch Chapter 3" (PDF). Iowa Government. p. 7. Retrieved 2010-12-31.
  3. ^ WL 874044 (Iowa 2009)
  4. ^ Sulzberger, A. G. (November 3, 2010). "Ouster of Iowa Judges Sends Signal to Bench". The New York Times. Retrieved August 7, 2011.
  5. ^ 2012 JFK Profile in Courage Award Winners Announced (March 12, 2012).
  6. ^ Iowa Supreme Court Biography
Political offices
Preceded by
Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court
Succeeded by
Edward Mansfield