Larry Johnson, Jr.
Governor Kim Reynolds appointed Larry Johnson, Jr. as the director of the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals on March 1, 2019.
Previously, Johnson served as the State public defender. In this role he managed an organization with a $60 million budget and 220 employees in 19 offices throughout the state, with the focus of providing the Constitutional right to counsel. Johnson served as legal counsel and deputy legal counsel for more than six years for Governor Terry E. Branstad and then-Lt. Governor Reynolds. As counsel, he served on the Iowa Legislature’s Administrative Rules Review Committee as the governor’s ex officio representative. He also collaborated with the information technology team in the design and development of a web-based application and award-winning website, rules.Iowa.gov, that streamlined the regulatory review process. Prior to working in the governor’s office, he practiced in Des Moines primarily in administrative law.
Johnson received his law degree from Creighton University School of Law, and his Bachelor of Science in management from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management. While in college, he studied in Spain at University of Seville’s School of Economics and Business.