Davenport native picked as head of Attorney Office

Richard D. Westphal was appointed as acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Iowa on Monday following the resignation of Marc Krickbaum.

Since June 1997, Westphal has been an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of Iowa.

Westphal will serve as acting U.S. attorney until Nov. 16, or until the new presidential administration selects a nominee, if before Nov. 16. Washington, Henry and Jefferson counties are in the district.

Westphal was born and raised in Davenport. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and in 1990 received a law degree from the University of Iowa, College of Law. Westphal was admitted to the state bar in June 1990. He began private practice from 1990-1993 at Reynolds and Kenline in Dubuque. From 1993-1996, Westphal served as an assistant county attorney in Johnson County and Muscatine County.

Westphal has extensive federal prosecution experience. In April 1996, he was designated as a special assistant U.S. attorney in both the Northern and Southern districts of Iowa, specializing in methamphetamine prosecutions.

While at the U.S. Attorney’s Office he has been branch chief of the Davenport Branch Office (2013), criminal chief (June 2018), and first assistant U.S. attorney (January 2021).