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2020 Speaker | The Honorable Adam Gregg

Adam Gregg
Lieutenant Governor, State of Iowa

Adam Gregg serves as Iowa’s 47th Lieutenant Governor.  He serves as Chair of the Governor’s Feeding Iowans Task Force, Chair of the Governor’s FOCUS Committee on Criminal Justice Reform and Co-Chair of the Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative. At the national level, he serves on the executive committee of the National Lieutenant Governors Association, and as the Chair of the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association.  He has also served as a Hunt-Kean Leadership Fellow focused on leadership in education policy, and was chosen for the Aspen Institute Rodel Fellowship.
 
Gregg previously served as the State Public Defender, a position he was appointed to in 2014. In that role, Adam led a 220-employee organization focused on providing the constitutional right to counsel for Iowans.  He modernized the agency by moving processes online, improving efficiency while increasing the ability to detect fraudulent claims for taxpayer dollars. He also created a new division to investigate potential wrongful convictions in the criminal justice system.
 
From 2013-14, Gregg served in the governor’s office as the legislative liaison and policy advisor. Prior to joining the governor’s office, he 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 prestigious Opperman Scholarship. While there, he earned the faculty’s William and Ellen Cooney Hoye Award, given to the individual who demonstrates the greatest promise as an advocate, public servant and practitioner. Gregg was also chosen as an Iowa Supreme Court Scholar, and was a staff member for the Drake Law Review.
 
Gregg earned his B.A. from Central College in 2006.  He graduated first in his class with degrees in political science and history, and played football for the Dutch.
 
Gregg is a graduate of West Sioux High School and a native of Hawarden, Iowa. He resides in Urbandale with his wife, Cari, and their son, Jackson, and daughter, Lauren. He and his family are active members and volunteers in Johnston River of Life United Methodist Church.  He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Hoover Presidential Foundation, and on the Iowa State Fair Board. He also coaches his son’s flag football team and his daughter's basketball team.

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