SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – President Barack Obama nominated a California Superior Court judge to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.
Troy Nunley will fill a vacancy created by U.S. District Judge Garland Burrell Jr., when he retires July 4, 2012.
Nunley received his bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College in 1986 and graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, in 1990.
He served as a deputy district attorney for Alameda County from 1991 to 1994, and then worked as a deputy district attorney for Sacramento County from 1996 to 1999.
He was a California deputy attorney general from 1999 to 2002, before Gov. Gray Davis appointed to the state bench in 2002.
California’s Eastern District, which is authorized for six judgeships, is one of the busiest in the nation, recording 6,496 new case filings in 2011.
“The Eastern District of California manages a caseload more than twice the national average and is by far the busiest federal district court in the nation,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., told the Sacramento Bee. “It is especially important the Senate move quickly to consider Judge Nunley’s nomination.”
Feinstein recommended Nunley for appointment. He will earn an annual salary of $174,000.