Prepared to do the job from day one

Career prosecutor and Democrat - for transparency, accountability, and fairness



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Laura Roan

For 30 years, Laura Roan has prosecuted some of Iowa’s most serious violent crimes, seeking justice for victims and their families in cases of murder, sexual abuse, and crimes against children. From her work in every corner of our state, Laura has a deep knowledge of Iowa’s criminal justice system—both how it works best and where improvements are needed. As the next Polk County Attorney, Laura will rely on her experience and proven track record to keep you and your family safe, prioritize transparency, and stay accountable to all residents of Polk County.

Born and raised in Tama-Toledo, Laura first came to Des Moines to attend Drake University Law School. A lifelong Democrat, Laura has been a voice for underrepresented groups inside and outside the courtroom, especially for women and children. She has prosecuted crime across Iowa’s 99 counties, working as a public servant on behalf of Polk County, the Iowa Attorney General’s Office, and the United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Iowa. And she regularly trains police officers and other prosecutors, sharing her expertise as a leader in combatting homicide, domestic abuse, and sexual violence.

Laura’s core values are accountability, transparency, and fair representation at every level of the criminal justice system. She will bring a new generation of leadership to the Polk County Attorney’s Office by collaborating with the community on public safety issues, putting the needs of victims first, and ensuring our justice system looks more like the people it serves.

Experienced and Prepared to Serve from Day One

"In every case I’ve handled, my priority has always been to serve the people, including both the victims of crime that I stand up for in the courtroom and the public I represent as a prosecutor. As the next Polk County Attorney, I will continue to serve with fairness by making sure that all decisions about public safety reflect the values of residents across the county, from West Des Moines and Bondurant to Pleasant Hill and Des Moines itself.”

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