BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum issued the following statement today after the U.S. Senate confirmed Devils Lake attorney Daniel Traynor to serve as a U.S. District Court judge for North Dakota.
“Dan Traynor is a highly qualified attorney with broad legal experience in a variety of settings spanning more than two decades,” said Burgum, who appointed Traynor to the State Board of Higher Education last year. “Being appointed to a U.S. District Court judgeship is a distinguished honor, and we know that Dan will serve the state and the federal bench well. We congratulate Dan and extend our thanks to President Trump for nominating him, and to Senators Hoeven and Cramer for their efforts in the confirmation process.”
Traynor is a 1997 graduate of the University of North Dakota School of Law and a current shareholder at the Traynor Law Firm in Devils Lake, where his practice focuses on insurance defense, personal injury and business litigation. He formerly chaired the Disciplinary Board of the North Dakota Supreme Court and also served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle.
Traynor will fill the vacancy created by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Hovland’s decision to take senior status this year.