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Washington, DC – Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch this morning applauded the Senate Judiciary Committee for voting unanimously to advance the nomination of David C. Nye, Idaho’s Sixth District Judge from Pocatello, to be Idaho’s next U.S. District Judge.  Nye’s nomination will now be reported to the floor for full Senate for consideration, the final step in his confirmation process.
“I thank my colleagues on the Judiciary Committee for taking up Judge Nye’s nomination quickly and for unanimously reporting his nomination to the full Senate for consideration,” said Crapo following the vote.  “Judge Nye has my support, the support of Senator Risch and the support of the White House.  I look forward to building on that momentum when the full Senate considers Judge Nye’s nomination.  The people of Idaho must be assured that they are served by well qualified judges and I will work with my colleagues to see that Judge Nye’s nomination is confirmed.”
“Judge Nye is a sound and principled jurist and I applaud my colleagues on the Judiciary Committee for unanimously voting to move his nomination to the Senate floor for a final vote.” said Risch. “I will continue to work with my colleagues to have Judge Nye’s nomination confirmed as expeditiously as possible. The people of Idaho are depending on it.”
At his initial appearance before the committee on June 21, Judge Nye was asked by Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) to explain the phrase, “rule of law.”  Nye responded, “I believe that it is the rule of law that makes our civilization, our country so great; a willingness to follow the law as written by the Legislature and then the precedential value that comes from the case law of the courts.”
Judge Nye has served as a judge for Idaho’s Sixth Judicial District for nine years; he also has 20 years of experience in private practice litigation.  In addition, Judge Nye presides over a successful diversionary felony drug court program and serves in several roles as an advisor to the Idaho Supreme Court and the Idaho State Bar.  The American Bar Association rated Judge Nye as unanimously well-qualified.
Video of the Committee’s vote is available here.
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