Hoeven: Dan Traynor Nomination to U.S. District Court for North Dakota Advanced by Judiciary Committee

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement after the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of Dan Traynor to serve as a U.S. District Court Judge for North Dakota, sending it to the full Senate for consideration. Hoeven introduced Traynor at a committee hearing to review his nomination last month and continues working to advance his confirmation.

“Filling this federal judgeship in North Dakota is important to the justice system in our state, and we appreciate the committee’s work to move Dan Traynor’s nomination to the full Senate,” said Hoeven. “Dan is well-qualified for this position and has shown a strong commitment to the rule of law. His nomination deserves the Senate’s support, and we will continue our efforts to ensure he is confirmed as soon as possible.”

Traynor graduated with distinction from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1997. He served as an extern for U.S. District Judge Patrick Conmy and as a law clerk for North Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle. He is currently in private practice and his practice areas include: tort law; insurance coverage and defense, as well as business litigation, election law and Indian law. Traynor is a member of the State Bar Association of North Dakota, the Minnesota State Bar Association, the American Bar Association (ABA), the American Law Institute and the Defense Research Institute. He currently represents the North Dakota Bar Association in the ABA House of Delegates and is a member of the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education. Traynor is also the former chair of the Disciplinary Board of the North Dakota Supreme Court and served on the board of the North Dakota Defense Lawyers Association.

Traynor is being nominated to fill the vacancy created when North Dakota Chief Justice Daniel L. Hovland announced that he will take senior status this year.