Judge Sarah E. Crane was appointed as a District Court Judge in the Fifth Judicial District, based in Des Moines, Iowa, in June 2018. Judge Crane was also appointed as a member of the Iowa Business Specialty Court in November 2019. She grew up in Mason City, Iowa. She received her bachelor's degree summa cum laude from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2004 and her law degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 2007. After starting out in private practice at a firm in Chicago, she returned to Iowa and served as a law clerk for the Iowa Supreme Court. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Crane was in private practice at the Davis Brown Law Firm in Des Moines. She is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, Polk County Bar Association, Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys, and Polk County Women Attorneys. Judge Crane is married and has four children.