The man who would be Idaho’s newest federal judge is back to where he was last fall — awaiting clearance by the full U.S. Senate to start his work.
David Nye, currently a 6th District judge based out of Pocatello, would replace retired U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge. Left with only one full-time federal district judge, Idaho has been forced to rely on out-of-state judges to help keep the court system moving since mid-2015.
Nye was originally nominated last year, a consensus pick of former President Barack Obama and Idaho’s two Republican senators, Mike Crapo and Jim Risch. The Senate Judiciary Committee forwarded his nomination to the full Senate last year for a vote, but no such vote took place before Congress adjourned.
President Donald Trump again nominated Nye for the job earlier this year, restarting the confirmation process with the new Congress. Thursday, Crapo and Risch said the Judiciary Committee — of which Crapo is a member — again voted to advance Nye’s posting to a Senate vote.
It’s not clear how soon such a vote might take place. Crapo and Risch hope to get Nye approved along with other pending nominees through a process called unanimous consent, said Crapo spokesman Lindsay Nothern. That process can speed things up by simply asking if anyone objects to a motion rather than holding a formal vote.
The committee vote was unanimous and Nye last year was seen as having wide support.
Nye has served as a 6th District judge for nine years, where among other duties he oversees a felony drug court program. Before that, he spent 20 years in private practice as an attorney. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University and that school’s J. Reuben Clark Law School.