Today, President Donald Trump announced that he has nominated 16 individuals to federal judgeships, including Hermiston native Ryan Bounds.
If confirmed, Bounds will serve as a Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Bounds, the son of Roger and Karen Bounds of Hermiston and a Hermiston High School graduate, serves as an assistant United States attorney for the District of Oregon, where he prosecutes criminal cases on behalf of the United States. Previously, he was a special assistant United States attorney for the District of Columbia. Before becoming a federal prosecutor, Bounds served as special assistant to the president for domestic policy, acting as the White House’s primary policy expert on criminal and civil justice issues.
He also served as a deputy assistant attorney general and chief of staff in the Office of Legal Policy at the United States Department of Justice. Earlier in his career, Bounds practiced commercial law for Stoel Rives LLP in Portland. Bounds served as a law clerk to Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He earned his B.A. in psychology and political science, with Honors and Distinction, from Stanford University and his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was an editor on the Yale Law Journal and editor-in-chief of the Yale Law & Policy Review.
Ryan Bounds is not the first member of his family to find himself in national politics. His brother, Tucker, was Sen. John McCain’s communications director during his 2008 presidential run.