Trump’s First Nominee for Federal District Court Unanimously Confirmed by Senate

By Zenny Phuong | July 18, 2017 | 4:00pm EDT

Judge David C. Nye. (C-SPAN)


( – President Donald Trump’s first nominee for the U.S. District Court was unanimously confirmed on July 12 in a full Senate vote to serve the District of Idaho, according to a press release by Republican Sens. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and James Risch (R-Idaho). 

Judge David C. Nye cleared the Senate with a 97-0 vote to take Trump’s third filled federal court position, following U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and 6th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Amul Thapar earlier this year.

“Judge Nye is a supremely qualified candidate for a U.S. district judge seat, having both a unanimous ‘well qualified’ rating from the ABA and receiving approval from the Judiciary Committee without dissent twice in under 12 months,” Crapo said.

Risch called Nye’s confirmation a “true win” for Idahoans.

Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) 


“Judge Nye is a qualified and experienced jurist who has great respect for the rule of law, and who has rejected judicial activism in his service as a state judge,” Risch said. “In the midst of Idaho’s judicial emergency, I also want to thank President Trump and Leader McConnell for making Judge Nye’s confirmation a priority for the Senate.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) criticized Democrats in floor remarks on July 11 for delaying the confirmation process of a noncontroversial nominee by forcing a “procedural hurdle.”

“This is not about changing an outcome,” McConnell said. “It’s about wasting time to make it more difficult for the president to make appointments.”

But Democratic leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)  had defended the party’s position last Monday, saying it was the Trump administration that was behind on naming nominees and providing their paperwork.

"I understand the White House is complaining about the pace of nominations, citing the obstruction of Senate Democrats," said Schumer in a floor speech. "But if the White House is looking for the cause of the delay, they need only look in the mirror. No administration in recent memory has been slower in sending nominees to the Senate."

Nye was nominated by President Donald Trump on May 8 -- and by Former President Obama to the same position in 2016. His nomination, however, had not been confirmed by the full Senate during the Obama administration.

The press release said Nye has nine years of experience serving as a judge for Idaho's Sixth Judicial District and 20 years of experience in private practice litigation. He also oversees a “successful” felony drug court program. The American Bar Association has rated Nye as unanimously well-qualified.

President Donald J. Trump. (FNC) 


Risch expressed on Tuesday that the state needs a second district judge. The current U.S. District Judge in Idaho, Judge B. Lynn Winmill, who will soon be eligible for senior status, reportedly has been overworked since Judge Edward Lodge took senior status in 2015.

“We have only one active federal judge right now and he is handling what is essentially a three-judge load,” Risch said.

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