Idaho Senators Start Search For New Federal Judge

Dec 15, 2014

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Idaho's U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch are looking for people interested in becoming Idaho's next federal district judge.

U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge is taking senior status, a semi-retirement in which he will continue to serve the court but his caseload will be reduced. The move means that Idaho could soon have its first new federal judge appointed since 1995, when current U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill took the bench.

Federal judges are appointed by the president, and typically the president works with a member of the state's delegation during the appointment process.

Crapo's spokesman Lindsay Nothern tells The Spokesman-Review that interested applicants may request a questionnaire from the senators' offices to begin the evaluation process.