Senator Cramer Delivered Remarks on the Senate Floor Highlighting Traynor’s Qualifications and Urging His Colleagues to Support Him  

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WASHINGTON – Today, the United States Senate confirmed Daniel M. Traynor to be the next U.S. District Judge for North Dakota. Before his confirmation, U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) delivered remarks on the Senate floor highlighting Traynor’s qualifications and urging his colleagues to support him.

“Here is the bottom line: Dan is eminently qualified in every way,” said Senator Cramer. “His character, demeanor, temperament, as well as his intellectual capacity will make him an excellent judge. I look forward to voting for him and urge my colleagues to do the same.”

Senator Cramer has been a strong, consistent advocate for Traynor to be nominated and confirmed. In his remarks, Senator Cramer highlighted Traynor’s impressive professional accomplishments and deep, personal connections to North Dakota.

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Daniel Traynor will fill the role of Judge Daniel Hovland, who announced in December 2018 he would enter into semi-retirement, known as “senior status.” Hovland, based in Bismarck, has served North Dakota in this role since 2002. North Dakota’s other District Judge, Peter Welte, filled the seat vacated by Judge Ralph Erickson in 2017 when the Senate confirmed his nomination in July of 2019.

Traynor’s Bio:

Daniel Mack Traynor is a shareholder at the Traynor Law Firm in Devils Lake where he is engaged in an active general litigation practice, with particular interest in insurance defense, personal injury, business litigation and Indian law. He represents the North Dakota Bar Association in the ABA House of Delegates and serves as a member of the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education and an elected member of the American Law Institute.  He is also a former Chair of the Disciplinary Board of the North Dakota Supreme Court. Mr. Traynor earned his undergraduate B.A. from the University of North Dakota and his J.D., With Distinction, from the University of North Dakota School of Law, where he served as an Associate Editor on the North Dakota Law Review. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Traynor served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Gerald W. VandeWalle of the North Dakota Supreme Court. Dan is married to Patricia A. Traynor, a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force. They have three children: Mary, Mack, and Joe.