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Trump nominates District Judge Amul Thapar for seat on the U.S. Sixth District Court of Appeals


President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate Amul R. Thapar of Kentucky to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

The nomination goes to the U.S. Senate for confirmation.
 
Thapar, son of Indian-American immigrants, serves on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky. 

With his 2008 appointment by President George W. Bush and subsequent confirmation, Judge Thapar became our nation’s first South Asian Article III judge.  

Judge Amul R. Thapar

Prior to his service on the bench, he was the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky.  Before that, he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of Ohio and the District of Columbia. 

He began his legal career in private practice following clerkships with Judge S. Arthur Spiegel on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio and then with Judge Nathaniel R. Jones of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. 

Judge Thapar received his B.S. from Boston College in 1991 and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement applauding the appointment:
 
“I applaud the President for announcing his intent to nominate my friend, Judge Amul Thapar, to serve on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Throughout his already impressive career of public service, Amul has shown an incredible intellect and an unshakable dedication to the law. He has earned the respect of his colleagues, and I know that he will bring to the Sixth Circuit the same wisdom, fairness, and ability that he has shown on the District Court.

“President Trump made an outstanding choice and I look forward to the Senate’s confirmation of Judge Thapar.”

Staff report


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