State Public Defender

Adam Gregg, State Public Defender

Adam Gregg, State Public Defender

Adam Gregg was appointed by Governor Terry E. Branstad to serve as the Iowa State Public Defender on December 8, 2014.

Gregg previously served as the Governor's legislative liaison and policy advisor.  In that role, he was responsible for helping craft and adopt the Governor's budget and policy agenda.  Gregg served in this capacity for the 2013 and 2014 legislative sessions, working to support a balanced budget, transformation educational reform, and the largest tax cut in Iowa history, among other priorities.  Prior to joining the Governor's Office, Gregg practiced at the BrownWinick law firm in Des Moines.  He was the Republican nominee for Attorney General in 2014.

Gregg graduated in 2009 with high honors from Drake University Law School, where he received the institution's most prestigious honor, the Opperman Scholarship.  While there, he earned the faculty's William and Ellen Cooney Hoye Award, given to the student who demonstrates the greatest promise as an advocate, public servant and practitioner.  While in school, Gregg conducted legal research in his capactity as an Iowa Supreme Court Scholar with Chief Justice Mark Cady and was a staff member for the Drake Law Review. 

Gregg earned his B.A. from Central College in 2006, graduating first in his class with degrees in Political Science and History.  Gregg's experience at Central College included internships with the U.S. Dept. of Defense, U.S. Congress and United Kingdom Parliament. 

Gregg is a graduate of West Sioux High School and a native of Hawarden, Iowa.  Gregg is married with two children, a six-year-old son and a three-year-old daughter.

Adam Gregg - Photo

Adam Gregg - Photo - High Resolution


Prior State Public Defenders

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