Robert W. Pratt

Citizen from Palo Alto County, IA

Education and career

Born in Emmetsburg, Iowa, Pratt received an Associate of Arts degree from Iowa Lakes Community College in 1967, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loras College in 1969, and a Juris Doctor from Creighton University School of Law in 1972. He was a Staff attorney of Polk County Legal Aid Society from 1973 to 1974. He was in private practice in Des Moines, Iowa from 1975 to 1997.

Federal judicial service

On January 7, 1997, Pratt was nominated by President Bill Clinton to a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa vacated by Harold Duane Vietor. Pratt was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 23, 1997, and received his commission on May 27, 1997. He served as chief judge from 2006 to 2011. He assumed senior status on July 1, 2012.

Palo Alto County, IA


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