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Crapo, Risch Welcome White House Nomination of Judge David Nye

Nye nominated to serve as Idaho’s next U.S. District Court judge

U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch today welcomed the nomination of Idaho District Judge David C. Nye of Pocatello by President Donald Trump to fill the open U.S. District Court judgeship in Idaho.  Judge Nye was previously nominated to the same position by President Obama in 2016 and approved unanimously by the Senate Judiciary Committee.  The 114th Congress concluded without completing the confirmation process.  The Trump administration, in consultation with both Crapo and Risch, re-nominated Judge Nye as one of the first district judicial nominations sent to the Senate by the White House.

 “I thank the President for moving quickly to renominate Judge Nye.  His unanimous approval by the Judiciary Committee last year demonstrates Judge Nye’s eminent qualifications of strong credentials and service to the legal community,” said Crapo, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee overseeing the nomination.  “According to the Judicial Conference, Idaho, like many other states, is facing a judicial emergency and needs a second District Court judge to help manage its caseload.  I will be working with my colleagues to move Judge Nye’s confirmation and hope that he will be confirmed quickly.”

 "Today's announcement is a win for Idahoans and our state's judicial system," said Senator Risch. "Judge Nye is a sound and principled jurist who has my full confidence. I will continue to work with my colleagues to have his nomination confirmed as expeditiously as possible, as I have since day one." 

Nye is a graduate of Brigham Young University and BYU J. Reuben Clark Law School.  He has served as the 6th District Judge in Idaho for nine years. Prior to that, he had been with the Pocatello law firm of Merrill & Merrill for 20 years. He and his wife Katre have eight children.

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