Hoeven Statement on Senate Confirmation of Dan Traynor as U.S. District Court Judge

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement after the Senate approved the nomination of Dan Traynor to serve as a U.S. District Court Judge for North Dakota. Hoeven introduced Traynor at a committee hearing to review his nomination this fall.

“We’ve secured Senate confirmation for Dan Traynor to serve as a U.S. District Court Judge for North Dakota,” said Hoeven. “I’ve known Dan for years, and the people of North Dakota will be well-served by him. Dan has shown a strong commitment to the rule of law and we’re pleased that he will be taking this role on the bench.”

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 filling the vacancy created with North Dakota Chief Justice Daniel L. Hovland taking senior status.