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Who is Jonathan Kobes?

Jonathan Kobes is President Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit from South Dakota.

Age:  44 (approximate)

Current Position:  Deputy Chief of Staff and Counsel, U.S. Senate (Washington, D.C.)   

Education:

  • B.A., Dordt College (1996)
  • J.D., Harvard Law School (2000)

Judicial Clerkships: Judge Roger Wollman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (2000-2001)

Experience:

  • 2015-Present: Deputy Chief of Staff and Counsel, U.S Senate (Washington, D.C.)
  • 2014-Jan. 2015: Deputy Director – Transition, U.S Senate (Washington, D.C.)
  • 2013- 2014: Director of Corporate Compliance, Raven Industries (Sioux Falls, SD)
  • May 2012-April 2013: Senior Regulatory Counsel, Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. (Johnston, IA)
  • 2008-2012: Counsel, Advisor and Senior Counsel, POET, LLC (Sioux Falls, SD)
  • 2005-2008: Litigation Associate, Murphy, Goldammer & Prendergast LLP (Sioux Falls, SD)
  • 2002-2006: Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of South Dakota (Rapid City, SD)
  • 2002-2003: Honors Attorney, Litigation Division, Central Intelligence Agency (McLean, VA)

 

 

 

Carrie Severino is chief counsel and policy director to the Judicial Crisis Network.

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