Judge Kruse, Burlington, was appointed to the bench in February of 1997. He was born in Little Rock, Iowa, and attended Morningside College, where he received his bachelor's degree in 1980. He then went to the University of Iowa for law school and graduated in 1983. Judge Kruse served as Appanoose County attorney and assistant Wapello County attorney. He also worked with Child Support Recovery from 1984 to 1987. He is a member of the Iowa Judges Association and the Iowa State Bar Association. Judge Kruse is married and has one child.