Judge Holwerda, Newton, was appointed in 2010 to serve as Jasper County Magistrate and in 2013 to serve as District Associate Judge. He received his bachelor's degree from Dordt College in 1979 and his law degree from Valparaiso University in 1983. Judge Holwerda was in private practice in Newton until his appointment to the bench. He is a member of the Iowa State and Jasper County Bar Associations. Judge Holwerda is married and has three children.