Trish Roberts
Trish Roberts
Gov. Terry Branstad Monday morning named longtime St. Anthony Foundation director and Carroll resident Trish Roberts to the nonpartisan Iowa Judicial Nominating Commission.

Roberts, wife of former Branstad rival for the GOP gubernatorial nomination Rod Roberts, will serve a term that expires in April 2014. The commission selects nominees for the Iowa Supreme Court and Iowa Court of Appeals.

Trish Roberts is one of eight people Branstad tabbed - two from each of Iowa's four congressional districts. The Iowa Bar Association names an additional eight people to the commission, which is chaired by Iowa Supreme Court Senior Justice David Wiggins. All eight of the people Branstad appointed are Republicans.

"I am extremely pleased to be nominated to serve in this capacity," Roberts said in an interview Monday night.

Roberts, a native of Renwick in north-central Iowa and graduate of the former Iowa Christian College in Des Moines where she met her husband, has lived in Carroll since 1985. She's been employed by St. Anthony for the last 18 years. Rod Roberts is a former state representative from Carroll who now serves as director of the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals.

The governor's appointments to the commission are subject to Iowa Senate approval.

Roberts said she had sought to serve on a state-level board or commission and was notified Monday morning of the appointment to the judicial panel.

Branstad has named other Carroll residents to key state boards. Former Carroll Community School Board president Nicole Carroll is on the Iowa Board of Regents, and McFarland physician Julie Perkins serves on the Iowa Board of Medicine. Both are Branstad appointees.