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 CLE Commission (past), and Iowa State Bar Association Jury Instruction Committee. He is married and has three children.