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Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Troy L. Nunley was nominated by the White House on Monday to serve as a U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of California.

A graduate of St. Mary's College and the University of California Hastings College of Law, Nunley was nominated to replace Judge Garland Burrell, who is retiring. He was appointed to the Sacramento County Superior Court in 2002.

Nunley was born in San Francisco and raised by a single mom. Prior to being appointed to the bench by then-Gov. Gray Davis, he worked as a deputy district attorney in Alameda County, had his own practice in San Leandro, then served with the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office.

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein recommended that Nunley be appointed, under an arrangment by which she and Sen. Barbara Boxer trade off making recommendations to the White House.

"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. It is especially important the Senate move quickly to consider Judge Nunley's nomination," Feinstein said in a statement.


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