Jeff Wright, State Public Defender

Governor Kim Reynolds appointed Jeff as the State Public Defender on March 1, 2019.

Prior to his appointment Jeff served as Chair of the Iowa Board of Parole.  He is a graduate of Morningside College (2000) with a degree in International Affairs, and Drake University Law School (2006).  Jeff was admitted to the Iowa Bar in 2006 and founded the Carr & Wright Law Office.  He practiced primarily in the areas of Criminal, Juvenile and Family Law until his appointment as Chair of the Board of Parole and subsequent appointment as State Public Defender.  A significant portion of his practice was dedicated to assisting individuals through the legal process who had suffered trauma.  He focused on understanding their needs, and treated them with compassion while protecting their constitutional rights.  Jeff enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.  In addition, he is actively involved in the community, volunteering for the Ankeny Chamber of Commerce, Little League Baseball, and serving on multiple volunteer committees benefiting youth and education.



Prior State Public Defenders

2017-2019:  Larry Johnson, Jr.

2014-2017:  Adam Gregg

2014:  Kurt Swaim (Acting)

2011-2014:  Samuel P. Langholz

2009-2011:  Tomás Rodríguez

2008-2009:  Mark C. Smith (Acting)

1999-2007:  Thomas G. Becker

1998-1999:  Mark C. Smith (Acting)

1988-1998:  William L. Wegman