A Hermiston native is among sixteen individuals nominated by President Donald Trump to federal judgeships.
Ryan Bounds was nominated to serve as a judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Bounds, a 1991 graduate of Hermiston High School, currently serves as an assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, prosecuting criminal cases. He has also served as a special assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. Prior to working at the national level, Bounds practiced commercial law for Stoel Rives LLP, a Portland firm. Bounds studied psychology and political science at Stanford University before earning his juris doctor from Yale Law School.
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, who serves Oregon’s second congressional district, applauded the nomination in a statement.
“The President’s nomination of Ryan Bounds to serve on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is welcome news for rural Oregon,” Walden said. “Ryan has never lost touch with his roots and understands well the way of life in our communities.”
Walden noted the influence federal court decisions can have on life at the local level, such as Columbia River hydro-power operations and issues of federal land management.
“Ryan’s deep roots in rural Oregon, respect for tradition, precedent and deference to the political branches of the state and federal governments, will provide rural Oregon with that important voice on the bench,” Walden said. “He is uniquely qualified for this judgeship.”
Bounds will now have to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Oregon’s senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley have threatened to block the nomination on procedural grounds because Bounds was not vetted by the bipartisan judicial selection committee.