John Alfred Jarvey
John Alfred Jarvey is the Chief United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa.
Education and careerBorn in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Jarvey received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Akron in 1978 and a Juris Doctor from Drake University Law School in 1981. He also attended Concordia College.
After law school, Jarvey served as a law clerk to Judge Donald E. O'Brien of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa from 1981 to 1983. He was a trial attorney of the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice from 1983 to 1987. As a prosecutor, he specialized in fraud in the pharmaceutical industry. He taught trial advocacy at the University of Iowa College of Law and mock trial at Cedar Rapids Washington High School. He is married to Mary Jarvey, a piano teacher.
Federal judicial serviceJarvey was a United States Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa from 1987 to 2007. As a magistrate judge, Jarvey conducted over 400 mediations. On January 9, 2007, Jarvey was nominated by President George W. Bush to a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa vacated by Ronald Earl Longstaff. The American Bar Association rated him unanimously as well-qualified. Jarvey was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 8, 2007, and received his commission on March 14, 2007. He became Chief Judge on March 1, 2015.