Gardner Statement on Confirmation of Dan Domenico to Colorado’s U.S. District Court

Washington, D.C. – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) gave the following remarks on the Senate floor today on the confirmation of Dan Domenico to be the next judge to sit on the United States District Court for the District of Colorado.


Dan Domenico was the Solicitor General of Colorado and served Governors Owens (R), Ritter (D), and Hickenlooper (D). He was the youngest to ever be appointed to the position in the country and served for nine years, the longest ever in that role in Colorado. Dan served as a law clerk to Judge Timothy M. Tymkovich, who now serves as Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Dan is a Boulder native and graduated with honors from Georgetown University and the University of Virginia School of Law.



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I come to the floor to speak on behalf of and in support of Dan Domenico, the district judge, that we will be voting on shortly.


I strongly support Dan Domenico for the District Court position in the District of Colorado. Dan has impeccable academic and legal credentials.


A native Coloradan, he is well known and well respected throughout the entire Colorado legal community. These characteristics make him very well suited to be on the bench.


A native of Boulder, Colorado, Dan received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia – it has been a good week for the University of Virginia, a new federal judge and national championship - where he graduated Order of the Coif and was the editor of The Law Review.


After law school, Dan joined the respected firm of Hogan and Hartson and then clerked for Judge Tim Tymkovich who is now the Chief Judge on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.


Following his clerkship, Dan continued his public service as a Special Assistant to the Solicitor in the United States Department of the Interior. There he advised the Secretary and the department on matters related to national parks, fish and wildlife, Bureau of Land Management issues, and Indian affairs. 


These are all areas that matter a great deal to Colorado and the West. Dan was then appointed to be the Solicitor General for the state of Colorado. While he was the youngest person tapped for the position, he then became the longest-serving Solicitor General in our state’s history, holding the position for nine years. 


As Solicitor, Dan represented the state in both state and federal courts including the U.S. Supreme Court. He oversaw all major litigation for the state and he provided legal advice to the Governor and state agencies.


Dan is currently the founding and managing partner at the Kittredge LLC where he represents clients in high-stakes and complex litigation and appeals.


He’s also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver’s College of Law where he teaches courses in natural resources law and constitutional law.


As impressive as his background is, it’s also an insight into the type of judge Dan would be.


I’m particularly struck by Dan’s service as the Colorado Solicitor General. While the Democratic leader may object to Dan Domenico, two Democratic Governors in Colorado did not.


In fact, they kept his service. In fact, Dan served as a Solicitor General for the state of Colorado during one Republican Governor and two Democratic Governors.


He served regardless of party with competence and zeal, and that’s what the Colorado legal community would tell anyone who wishes to listen. His approach to the legal issues he confronted was the same regardless of their party and power, he looked to the law and that’s what we expect in every judge. 


That’s what Colorado wants, that’s what our country needs.


We need experienced practitioners who are respected by their peers and who will faithfully apply the law regardless of the politics or place in life.


That’s what I believe Dan will do, and that’s why I enthusiastically support his nomination and hope that my colleagues will follow suit as well.


Mr. President, I yield the floor. 






Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.