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15 Minutes

December 15, 2012
By MIKE DONAHEY - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican


Resides: Marshalltown

Hometown: Born and raised on a farm in Allamakee County. I am a graduate of St. Ambrose College in Davenport and the University of Iowa College of Law in Iowa City.

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Family: Second youngest of eight children, one of whom, the Rev. Bernie Grady, lives in Marshalltown. My parents are deceased. I am married to Jeannine Marie Siegel of Marion, who is the director of faith formation at St. Joseph Catholic Church, State Center. We have four children, all graduates of MHS: Kevin, a graduate of Loras College and working at a children's theater in Eau Claire, Wisc. Molly, a graduate of University of Northern Iowa and working at Congressman Bruce Braley's office in Washington, D.C.; Colleen, a graduate of Marshalltown Community College and now a student at UNI, and Theresa, a student at Clarke University in Dubuque.

Hobbies and interests: I am active in Marshalltown Community Theatre as a board member, director, and actor. I appeared in "Foxfire," a 2011 production at Marshalltown's Orpheum Theater.


Occupation: Assistant Attorney General, staff attorney for the Prosecuting Attorneys Training Coordinator, and Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor for Iowa.

What that means: I provide prosecutors and law enforcement officers training for enforcement of OWI, vehicular homicide, and other traffic safety laws.

Tenure: I will have been with Attorney General Tom Miller 18 years in January.

If I could change jobs I would be/do: I wouldn't change jobs.


Books: "Capitol Men," by Philip Dray - profiles of African-American senators and congressmen who served from the south after the Civil War. "A Canticle for Leibowitz," by Walter M. Miller, Jr. - a science fiction book which examines the relationship between science and faith, set in a post-nuclear war in North America.

Movies: "The Producers" - the original, with Zero Motel and Gene Wilder, and "The Jerk" with Steve Martin.


Best part of living here: My children received a wonderful education in Marshalltown. Government is honest, efficient and participatory. The Iowa method of reapportionment is a model of reasonableness and good government, and the Iowa Caucus events make the state the center of the political universe every four years.


Most influential persons: Chief Justice Mark Cady of the Iowa Supreme Court. His opinion in Varnum v. Brien, the same sex marriage case, which was written when Cady was an associate justice, underscores all that is wonderful about this state, its legal heritage, and its people.

Local involvement: I serve as a board member of Mid Iowa Community Action; a board member of Marshalltown Community Theatre; a member of St. Mary parish; and former chair of the Marshall County Democrats.

Advice on life: Be kind. Maybe others will visit your grave.


15 Minutes is a Saturday feature about central Iowans involved in their communities. The standard question and answer format lends itself to be answered in approximately 15 minutes. To submit a nomination, or to participate, contact Times-Republican Staff Writer Mike Donahey at 641-753-6611 or



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