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David L. Bunning
United States federal judge

David L. Bunning

David L. Bunning
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Intro United States federal judge
Is Lawyer Judge
From United States of America
Field Law
Gender male
Birth 1 January 1966, Fort Thomas, Campbell County, Kentucky, U.S.A.
Age 56 years
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Biography

David Louis Bunning (born July 14, 1966) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky. Bunning is the son of former Republican Senator Jim Bunning, a Hall of Fame baseball pitcher who represented Kentucky in the United States Senate from 1999 to 2011.

Life and career

Bunning was born in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, the son of Mary Catherine (Theis) and Jim Bunning. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kentucky in 1988 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1991. He was a law clerk in the United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Kentucky in 1991, and was an Assistant United States Attorney in that office from 1991 to 2002.

Bunning was nominated by President George W. Bush on September 4, 2001, to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, which was vacated by William Odis Bertelsman. On December 10, 2001, representatives of the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary testified before the United States Senate Committee of the Judiciary for the ABA's majority opinion that Bunning was unqualified for the position of a Federal District Court Judge due to his age of 35, a lack of complex civil case experience as a federal attorney, and his "middle-of-the-class law school" experience at the University of Kentucky. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on February 14, 2002, and received his commission on February 19, 2002.

Notable cases

  • Miller v. Davis

On September 3, 2015, Bunning issued a contempt of court ruling against Rowan County clerk Kim Davis and had her jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Bunning said in his ruling, "Our form of government will not survive unless we, as a society, agree to respect the U.S. Supreme Court's decisions, regardless of our personal opinions. Davis is certainly free to disagree with the Court's opinion, as many Americans likely do, but that does not excuse her from complying with it. To hold otherwise would set a dangerous precedent."

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