An assistant U.S. attorney for Oregon has been nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as a circuit judge on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

If confirmed, Ryan W. Bounds, 44, will fill a vacancy created when Circuit Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain assumed senior status, a form of semi-retirement.

Bounds is from Eastern Oregon and is a graduate of Hermiston High School, and later the Yale School of Law. He began his legal career as a law clerk to Judge O’Scannlain at Pioneer Courthouse in Portland.

Before joining the United States Attorney’s Office in Oregon, Bounds worked as a Portland civil litigator. He also served as a special assistant to President George W. Bush for justice and immigration policy.

“Ryan is eminently qualified to serve as a judge on the Ninth Circuit,” said Billy J. Williams, United States Attorney for the District of Oregon in a news release. “He is a dedicated public servant and well regarded in the Oregon legal community.”