Judge Van Marel, Ames, was appointed to the bench in 1987. Born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, he attended Iowa State University. After earning his degree in community and regional planning in 1980, Judge Van Marel went to the University of Iowa and received his law degree in 1983. He has worked as the assistant Wapello County attorney and the assistant Story County attorney. Judge Van Marel is a member of the Iowa Judges Association. He has a wife and two children.