Daniel D. Domenico, Colorado’s former solicitor general, has been nominated by President Donald Trump to serve on the state’s federal bench.
The White House said Domenico currently serves as managing partner of Denver law firm Kittredge LLC. From 2006 to 2015, he was Colorado’s solicitor general, a position in which he oversaw major litigation for the state and represented governors from both major political parties.
“During his time as solicitor general, he argued in state and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court, and received the Supreme Court Best Brief Award from the National Association of Attorneys General,” the White House said in a news release Thursday. “At the time of his appointment, he was the youngest state solicitor general in the country, and his nine years of service made him the longest serving solicitor general in Colorado history.”
Domenico completed his undergraduate studies at Georgetown University and went on to the University of Virginia School of Law. He also served as an adjunct professor of natural resources and advanced constitutional law at the University of Denver.
“Dan Domenico is an excellent choice to serve on Colorado’s U.S. District Court,” U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner said in a written statement. “Dan’s dedication to the rule of law and time as Colorado’s solicitor general make him an extremely qualified candidate that will make Colorado proud. I look forward to supporting Dan throughout his confirmation process.”
Domenico’s nomination will go before the U.S. Senate for confirmation hearings.
If confirmed, Domenico would help handle a busy docket before the U.S. District Court. A spot has been open on the bench since federal Judge Robert Blackburn took senior status (meaning he’ll likely have a reduced caseload) in April 2016, records show.
Domenico’s nomination comes as the Trump administration has yet to fill a host of crucial federal posts for Colorado and the region some nine months since Trump’s inauguration.