B. Lynn Winmill

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B. Lynn Winmill
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Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Idaho
In office
1999 – January 1, 2019
Preceded byEdward Lodge
Succeeded byDavid Nye
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Idaho
Assumed office
August 14, 1995
Appointed byBill Clinton
Preceded byHarold Ryan
Personal details
Born
Barry Lynn Winmill

(1952-03-18) March 18, 1952 (age 67)
Blackfoot, Idaho
Political partyDemocratic
EducationIdaho State University (B.A.)
Harvard Law School (J.D.)

Barry Lynn Winmill (born March 18, 1952) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Idaho.

Education[edit]

Born in Blackfoot, Idaho, Winmill received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Idaho State University in Pocatello in 1974 and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 1977.

Early career[edit]

Winmill was in private practice in Colorado at Denver from 1977 to 1979, and back in Idaho at Pocatello from 1979 to 1987.

He was a state judge in the Sixth District (Pocatello) from 1987 to 1995, and concurrently an adjunct professor at ISU (1991–1995). A finalist on three occasions for the Idaho Supreme Court, he was never nominated.[1]

Federal judicial service[edit]

On May 24, 1995, Winmill was nominated by President Bill Clinton to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho, vacated by Harold Ryan for senior status in early 1993.[1][2] The original nominee, lawyer John Tait of Lewiston, was blocked from confirmation hearings by the state's Republican U.S. Senators, Larry Craig and Dirk Kempthorne, citing lack of qualifications.[1]

Winmill was confirmed by the Senate on August 11, 1995,[1] and received his commission on August 14. He served as chief judge for nearly twenty years from 1999–2019.

On December 13, 2018 Winmill made a ruling to order the state to pay for an inmate's transgender surgery. [3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Pocatello judge confirmed as new federal justice". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. August 12, 1995. p. 7A.
  2. ^ "Idaho judge nominated for federal bench". Deseret News. (Salt Lake City, Utah). Associated Press. April 10, 1995. p. A10.
  3. ^ "STATE ORDERED TO PAY FOR SURGERY FOR TRANSGENDER PRISON INMATE". Dec 14, 2018.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Harold Lyman Ryan
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Idaho
1995–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Edward Lodge
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Idaho
1999–2019
Succeeded by
David Nye