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David C. Nye (District of ID)

Confirmed July 12, 2017

On May 8, 2017, as urged by Idaho's Republican Senators, President Trump renominated President Obama's April 5, 2016 nominee, state Judge David C. Nye to serve on the United States District Court for Idaho. Nye was one of many Obama judicial nominees the Senate Judiciary Committee approved in 2016 on unopposed voice votes but were unjustifiably denied Floor votes.

Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID) strongly and repeatedly supported Nye's nomination, and pushed for Nye's renomination by President-elect (and later President) Trump, and for prompt Senate action.

On June 15, 2017, (without the need for a new hearing) the Senate Judiciary Committee again approved Nye's nomination on an unopposed voice vote, and he is set for a July Floor vote.

Sen. Crapo joins Senate Judiciary Committee, hopes to push David Nye renomination and third Idaho federal judgeship
(Republican - Idaho) 01/03/17 
He and fellow GOP Sen. Jim Risch persuaded the Judiciary Committee to unanimously approve the nomination of Idaho Judge David Nye for the state’s vacant federal judgeship in the fall, but the nomination never came up for a vote in the full Senate. That leaves Idaho still down to just one active federal district judge, Judge B. Lynn Winmill, since longtime Judge Edward Lodge took senior status in July of 2015. Lindsay Nothern, Crapo’s spokesman, said, “We’re really going to work hard on Nye and work hard on the judges thing. That was a part of the move to the Judiciary Committee.” Nothern said Crapo is hoping to move Nye’s nomination through “sooner rather than later,” and said he’ll “absolutely” be in a better position to advocate for Idaho to get a third judgeship. “He might be writing the legislation to do it,” Nothern said.

Sen. Crapo to Join Judiciary Committee in 115th Congress
(Republican - Idaho) 01/03/17 
Crapo will work with the President-elect to nominate and confirm Idaho’s next U.S. District Judge.... “When the committee convenes, it will hold hearings and act to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court. That nominee must follow in the model of Justice Scalia, looking first and foremost to the Constitution for guidance. I will also work with other panel members to advance to the full Senate a nominee to be Idaho’s next U.S. District judge."

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