United States Senators, Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, have made recommendations to President Donald Trump for the filling of a federal district court vacancy in the Northern District of Iowa in Cedar Rapids. The pair has named four, highly-qualified Iowa lawyers: Lisa A. Stephenson, a corporate legal officer in Cedar Rapids; Ian K. Thornhill, a state district court judge in the 6th District of Iowa; C.J. Williams, a U.S. magistrate judge in the Northern District of Iowa; and Lisa C. Williams, an assistant U.S. attorney in the Northern District of Iowa. “These individuals have the outstanding qualifications required to be considered for a lifetime appointment to the federal judiciary, and I am pleased to put forward their names for the President’s consideration,” Grassley says. “They have exceptional qualifications and represent the best of Iowa’s legal community,” Ernst adds. The President is expected to nominate an Iowan in the coming months to fill a vacancy resulting from U.S. District Court Judge Linda R. Reade taking senior status this fall. The nominee will be confirmed with the advice and consent of the U.S. Senate and serve a lifetime appointment.