Susan Christensen

Susan Kay Christensen[1] (born April 27, 1962) is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Iowa.

Susan Christensen
Associate Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court
Assumed office
September 21, 2018
Appointed byKim Reynolds
Preceded byBruce B. Zager
District Judge of the 4th Judicial District of Iowa
In office
November 2015 – September 21, 2018
District Associate Judge of the 4th Judicial District of Iowa
In office
October 2007 – November 2015
Personal details
Born (1962-04-27) April 27, 1962 (age 57)
Harlan, Iowa, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationJudson University (B.A.)
Creighton University School of Law (J.D.)


Christensen received her undergraduate degree from Judson University[1] and her J.D. degree from Creighton University School of Law.[2]

Legal careerEdit

She practiced law in Harlan, Iowa for 16 years from 1991–2007.[3][1]

State court serviceEdit

She became a district associate judge in October 2007 and served in that capacity until her appointment as a district judge. In November 2015 she became a state district court judge.[3][4][1]

Appointment to Iowa Supreme CourtEdit

Christensen was one of three finalists sent to the Governor for consideration.[5] In August 2018 Governor Kim Reynolds appointed Christensen to the Iowa Supreme Court to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Bruce B. Zager.[2] On September 21, 2018 she was sworn into office.[6] Christensen is Reynolds' first appointment to the Iowa Supreme Court.[7] She became the first female since 2011 and the third female overall to join the court.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Christensen was born and raised in Harlan, Iowa.[3] Her father was former Justice Jerry L. Larson who served on the Supreme Court from 1978–2008.[7] She is a registered Republican.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d "Iowa Judicial Branch: Application for Supreme Court Justice position" (PDF).
  2. ^ a b "Gov. Reynolds selects Susan Christensen as Supreme Court justice". (Press release). Retrieved 2018-09-30.
  3. ^ a b c d "Gov. Kim Reynolds names district court judge to Iowa Supreme Court". Des Moines Register. 2018-08-01. Retrieved 2018-09-30.
  4. ^ Glueck, Kevin; Cummings, Caroline (2018-08-01). "Susan Christensen appointed to Iowa Supreme Court". KTVO. Retrieved 2018-09-30.
  5. ^ "Here are the three finalists for the open Iowa Supreme Court seat". Des Moines Register. 2018-07-10. Retrieved 2018-09-30.
  6. ^ "Justice Christensen Investiture September 21, 2018". 2018-09-04. Retrieved 2018-09-30.
  7. ^ a b c "Reynolds names rural judge to Iowa Supreme Court Susan Christensen becomes first woman on the court since 2011". The Gazette. 2018-08-01. Retrieved 2018-09-30.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Bruce B. Zager
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Iowa