Judge Blink of West Des Moines was appointed to the bench in 1995. He received his undergraduate degree in English and Speech Communications from North Central College in 1972 and his law degree from Drake University Law School in 1975. He served as an assistant Polk County Attorney, Assistant Iowa Attorney General and Special Deputy United States Attorney. He was a partner in a Des Moines law firm before becoming a judge. He has been a professor at Drake University Law School since 1981. Judge Blink is a member of the Polk County and Iowa State Bar Associations, the Iowa Judges Association and an Honorary Member of the Order of the Coif and the Order of Barristers. Judge Blink and his wife have five children and three grandchildren.