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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch today announced that Idaho District Judge David C.  Nye of Pocatello has been nominated by President Barack Obama to fill the open U.S. District Court judgeship in Idaho. The nomination was done after negotiations with the White House and upon the advice given by the senators from Idaho. The senators stated that they enthusiastically seek the consent of the full Senate for confirmation.

“The nomination of Judge Nye is the result of a productive consultation process between the Idaho Senate delegation, the President and his team.  Judge Nye’s combined experiences as a litigator and his service to Idaho as a district judge make him well-qualified to serve Idaho as our next federal district court judge,” said Crapo.  “On top of his district court responsibilities, Judge Nye has presided over a highly successful diversionary felony drug court.  He has also served Idaho’s legal community through his work on the Idaho Supreme Court felony sentencing and judicial education committees.  Additionally, Judge Nye has taken on the responsibility of ensuring that all judges in Idaho are effective in their service by playing an active role in the mentoring and training of new judges throughout our state.  As I have told the President, I am committed to working diligently and enthusiastically to obtain the consent of the Senate for Judge Nye’s confirmation.”

“This has been a long and difficult process as we worked through potential candidates,” said Risch.  “All applicants were considered and several vetted at various levels. The parties worked in good faith to reach an agreement. I am happy that we have settled on a sound and principled jurist who will be an outstanding judge.”

Nye is a California native who graduated from Brigham Young University and the 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.