President Donald Trump has nominated two Central Kentucky men for federal posts, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced late Thursday.
Trump nominated Robert Wier of Versailles to be a federal district judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky, which includes Lexington. Since 2006, Wier has been a magistrate judge for the district, which means he performs various duties as assigned by the district judges.
Trump also nominated Robert M. Duncan Jr. of Lexington to be the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky. Duncan is the son of Mike Duncan, an Inez banker and longtime Republican Party fundraiser who served from 2007 to 2009 as chairman of the Republican National Committee. The younger Duncan has worked as an assistant U.S. attorney in Lexington since 2005.
McConnell praised both nominees in a statement and said he looked forward to their Senate confirmations.
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“Through his service as a U.S. magistrate judge, Robert (Wier) has gained the qualifications and experience necessary to excel in this new role,” McConnell said.
“Through his time as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Robert (Duncan) has become a leader in the law enforcement community, particularly in the prosecution of drug crimes,” McConnell said. “President Trump made another strong choice by nominating Robert to serve the Commonwealth of Kentucky.”