Judge Gookin, Fairfield, was appointed to the bench in August of 2011. Judge Gookin received his bachelor's degree with distinction from Iowa State University in 1980 and his Juris Doctorate with Honors from The Law School at Drake University in 1983. Judge Gookin was in private practice with Foss, Kuiken, Gookin & Cochran P.C. in Fairfield, Iowa from July 1983 until his appointment to the bench. He is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, Iowa Judge's Association, Iowa Supreme Court Criminal Rules Advisory Committee, Iowa Supreme Court Client Security Commission, Iowa Supreme Court CLE Commission (past), Iowa State Bar Association Jury Instruction Committee, and on the board of directors of the 8th Judicial District Department of Correctional Services. He is married and has three children.