B. Lynn Winmill
B. Lynn Winmill
|Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Idaho|
1999 – January 1, 2019
|Preceded by||Edward Lodge|
|Succeeded by||David Nye|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Idaho|
|Assumed office |
August 14, 1995
|Appointed by||Bill Clinton|
|Preceded by||Harold Ryan|
Barry Lynn Winmill
March 18, 1952
|Education||Idaho 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.
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.
Federal judicial service
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. 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.
Winmill was confirmed by the Senate on August 11, 1995, 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. 
- "Pocatello judge confirmed as new federal justice". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. August 12, 1995. p. 7A.
- "Idaho judge nominated for federal bench". Deseret News. (Salt Lake City, Utah). Associated Press. April 10, 1995. p. A10.
- "STATE ORDERED TO PAY FOR SURGERY FOR TRANSGENDER PRISON INMATE". Dec 14, 2018.
- B. Lynn Winmill at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
Harold Lyman Ryan
| Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Idaho
| Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Idaho