Iowa’s judicial system is one of the finest in the country. Iowa’s merit selection and retention process keeps politics and campaign money out of our courts, safeguarding its fairness and impartiality. To keep it that way, Iowans from all political spectrums should resist efforts by out-of-state extremist groups who are funding efforts to politicize our courts. If politics and campaign money are allowed into the courts, justice will be for sale.

The Justice Not Politics coalition works to…
Protect Iowa’s judicial selection and retention process from the corrupting influence of partisan politics and moneyed interests. JNP promotes actions to reduce that influence.

Ensure judges are chosen on merit and retained through a lens of fitness for office. Any campaign against judges in a retention election for partisan reasons or as retribution is harmful to fair courts.

Promote the importance of diversity (including gender, race, geography, legal experience, and life experience) in evaluating judicial applicants and advancing judicial nominees on merit.

Stop efforts to insert partisan politics into our courts at all levels. Efforts to configure the courts for partisan purposes, including adding seats for this purpose to any court at any level, is harmful to fair courts.

Support the representation of lawyers on state and district judicial nominating commissions through peer-based elections, not appointment by partisan elected officials.

Why a Coalition?

Groups from across the state are working together to counter the effort of extremists from hijacking Iowa’s courts. Justice Not Politics is a broad based, nonpartisan coalition of organizations and Iowans across the political spectrum —- progressive to conservative; Republicans, Independents and Democrats —- all who are committed to protecting Iowa’s courts and our system of merit selection and retention. Working through the power of a coalition, we will effectively demonstrate the importance of impartial courts in all areas of life and the broad support of Iowans in protecting our judicial system. Justice Not Politics represents tens of thousands of Iowans that believe our courts should be free from political and financial influence. Iowans believe it is in everyone’s best interest to ensure Iowa’s courts remain fair and impartial.

  • Honorary Chair: Sally Pederson, Former Lt. Governor
  • Chairperson: Connie Ryan, Executive Director, Interfaith Alliance of Iowa
  • Vice Chairperson & Treasurer: Andrew Mertens, Deputy Executive Director, Iowa Association for Justice
  • Board Member: Rachel Paine Caufield, Professor of Political Science, Drake University