Chief District Judge David C. Nye was sworn in as a United States District Judge for the District of Idaho on August 1, 2017, after having been nominated by both President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump. Judge Nye was the first Article III judge to be sworn into office in Idaho in over twenty years. In 2007, Judge Nye was appointed by Idaho Governor Otter to serve as a District Judge for the State of Idaho. He served in that capacity from 2007 to 2017, and served as Administrative District Judge for the Sixth Judicial District from 2009 to 2012. Prior to serving as a judge, he practiced law in Pocatello, Idaho from 1987 to 2007. He also served as a law clerk to Judge George G. Granata from 1986 to 1987. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1982 and from Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School in 1986.