Judge Linda R. Reade was appointed as a Judge for the United States District Court, Northern District of Iowa, by President George W. Bush. Her commission was signed by the President on November 26, 2002. She became the Chief Judge of the Northern District of Iowa on January 1, 2007.
Judge Reade was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She graduated with Honors and Order of the Coif from Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa in 1980. She received a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, in 1973; and an undergraduate degree in biology from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1970.
From 1980 to 1986, Judge Reade was in the private practice of law handling civil and criminal matters in state and federal courts.
In 1986, Judge Reade began serving as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa. She served as an Assistant United States Attorney from 1986 - 1993, and as Chief of the Criminal Division of that office from 1990 to 1993.
In 1993, Judge Reade was appointed a judge of the Iowa District Court, a court of general jurisdiction. She served in that court until appointed to the federal bench.