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Kermit Edward Bye


Kermit Edward Bye

Kermit Bye
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Assumed office
March 9, 2000
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by John Kelly
Personal details
Born (1937-01-13) January 13, 1937
Hatton, North Dakota, U.S.
Alma mater University of North Dakota

Kermit Edward Bye (born January 13, 1937) is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Early life and education

Born in Hatton, North Dakota, Bye earned a B.S. from the University of North Dakota in 1959 and a law degree in 1962 from the University of North Dakota School of Law.[1][2]

Professional career

After completing law school, Bye worked as deputy state securities commissioner in North Dakota from 1962 until 1964 and as a special assistant attorney general in North Dakota from 1964 until 1966. He then was an assistant U.S. attorney for the district of North Dakota from 1966 until 1968. Bye joined the Vogel law firm in Fargo, North Dakota, in 1968, and practiced at that firm until his judicial confirmation in 2000.[3]

Federal judicial service

President Clinton nominated Bye to his Eighth Circuit seat on April 22, 1999 to fill a vacancy created by the death in 1998 of Judge John David Kelly, who was Bye's friend and former law partner.[2] "I'm very pleased in the trust the president has placed in me and I'm honored to be able to follow my friend and 30-year law partner into this position," Bye told the Associated Press on the day of his nomination. "But it's unfortunate that this opportunity for me arose from his death."

Although Bye's nomination was unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate's Judiciary Committee on November 17, 1999, his nomination languished because of an impasse between President Clinton and Republicans in the Senate over the president's use of recess appointments. Ultimately, however, the U.S. Senate confirmed Bye to the seat on the Eighth Circuit in a 98-0 vote on February 24, 2000, and he received his commission on March 9, 2000. "The process involved...can be complex at best, certainly at times confusing and at times even frustrating," Bye told his supporters at his June 1, 2000 swearing-in, according to an article on the Associated Press feed on June 2, 2000. But "when it all works out, then it doesn't seem so bad after all."


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Preceded by
John Kelly
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
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