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WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Jim Risch and Mike Crapo (both R-Idaho) announced that Idaho Court of Appeals Judge Amanda K. Brailsford has been nominated to fill the open U.S. District Court judgeship in Idaho. The nomination was secured 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.

“After vetting and presenting the administration with our shortlist of outstanding candidates for District Court Judge, I congratulate Judge Brailsford on her well-deserved nomination,” said Risch. “Judge Brailsford has spent her life in Idaho and her career diligently advocating for the rule of law, both during her time in private practice and while serving on the Idaho Court of Appeals. Her judicial philosophy and respect for the Constitution will continue to serve our state well. I look forward to her confirmation on the Senate floor.”

“Throughout her career, Judge Brailsford has shown a willingness to carry out the law to all people in a fair and just manner and has earned the respect of her peers in the legal profession,” said Crapo. “I join all Idahoans in congratulating her on this important nomination and look forward to supporting her throughout this process.”

Judge Brailsford is an Idaho native from Hagerman. She attended the University of Idaho, where she received an undergraduate degree in English, cum laude, in 1989 and her Juris Doctorate, summa cum laude, in 1993. She served as a law clerk for Judge Thomas G. Nelson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 1993 to 1995.  Judge Brailsford worked at Holland & Hart LLP as an associate from 1995 to 2002 and as a partner from 2003 to 2013. In 2013, she became a founding partner at Andersen Banducci PLLC in Boise, Idaho. She has served on the Idaho Court of Appeals since 2019.

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