Kenneth D. Bell

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Kenneth D. Bell
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
Assumed office
June 12, 2019
Appointed byDonald Trump
Preceded byRichard Lesley Voorhees
Personal details
Born
Kenneth Duard Bell[1]

1958 (age 60–61)
Bedford, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationWake Forest University (BA, JD)

Kenneth Davis Bell Sr. (born 1958)[1] is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina.

Early life[edit]

Bell earned his Bachelor of Arts from Wake Forest University and his Juris Doctor from the Wake Forest University School of Law.[2][3] In 1990, he unsuccessfully ran for North Carolina's 5th congressional district as a Republican.

Legal career[edit]

In the Western District of North Carolina, Bell served as an Assistant United States Attorney for eight years and then as First Assistant U.S. Attorney for ten years. In 2003, he received the Department of Justice's John Marshall Award for prosecuting the first conviction of material support to a terrorist organization, which was by a Hezbollah cell. He later was a partner at Hunton & Williams and Mayer Brown. From 2003–2019 he was a partner at McGuireWoods.[3]

Federal judicial service[edit]

On April 10, 2018, President Trump announced his intent to nominate Bell to serve as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. On April 12, 2018, his nomination was sent to the Senate. He has been nominated to the seat vacated by Judge Richard Lesley Voorhees, who assumed senior status on August 31, 2017.[4] On August 22, 2018, a hearing on his nomination was held before the Senate Judiciary Committee.[5] On October 11, 2018, his nomination was reported out of committee by an 11–10 vote.[6]

On January 3, 2019, his nomination was returned to the President under Rule XXXI, Paragraph 6 of the United States Senate. On January 23, 2019, President Trump announced his intent to renominate Bell for a federal judgeship.[7] His nomination was sent to the Senate later that day.[8] On February 7, 2019, his nomination was reported out of committee by a 12–10 vote.[9] On May 22, 2019, his nomination at was confirmed by a vote of 55–43.[10] He received his judicial commission on June 12, 2019.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary: Questionnaire for Judicial Nominees: Kenneth Davis Bell
  2. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Announces Twelfth Wave of Judicial Nominees, Twelfth Wave of United States Attorneys, and Sixth Wave of United States Marshals". whitehouse.gov. April 10, 2018. Retrieved April 10, 2018. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  3. ^ a b "Kenneth D. Bell bio". McGuireWoods. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  4. ^ "Twenty-Nine Nominations Sent to the Senate Today", The White House, April 12, 2018
  5. ^ United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary: Nominations for August 22, 2018
  6. ^ Results of Executive Business Meeting – October 11, 2018, Senate Judiciary Committee
  7. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Judicial Nominees", White House, January 23, 2019
  8. ^ "Nominations Sent to the Senate", White House, January 23, 2019
  9. ^ Results of Executive Business Meeting – February 7, 2019, Senate Judiciary Committee
  10. ^ Roll Call Vote 116th Congress - 1st Session United States Senate Vote Summary: Vote Number 126, United States Senate, May 22, 2019

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Richard Lesley Voorhees
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
2019–present
Incumbent