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Nicholas Ranjan

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J. Nicholas Ranjan
Judge Ranjan.jpg
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Assumed office
July 12, 2019
Appointed byDonald Trump
Preceded byKim R. Gibson
Personal details
Jagan Nicholas Ranjan

(1978-01-09) January 9, 1978 (age 43)
Lancaster, Ohio, U.S.
EducationGrove City College (BA)
University of Michigan Law School (JD)

Jagan Nicholas Ranjan (born 1978) is a United States district judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.


Ranjan earned his Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from Grove City College and his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was a note editor of the Michigan Law Review.[1]

Legal career

He started his legal career by serving as a law clerk to Judge Deborah L. Cook of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Upon graduation from law school, Ranjan served as a Simon Karas Fellow with the Ohio Attorney General's Office, working with the State Solicitor General on the office's major appeals.[1]

From 2005 to 2019, Ranjan was an equity partner in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania office of K&L Gates, where he litigated commercial, energy, and appellate matters. While at K&L Gates, he served on the firm's global pro bono and diversity committees, and directed his office's pro bono program—which was awarded "pro bono law firm of the year" in 2017 by the local bar association. He is active in the community, serving on legal diversity and symphony boards, as well as serving as a mentor to local middle school students.[1]

Awards and recognition

Ranjan has been recognized by Chambers USA as one of the top commercial litigators in Pennsylvania multiple times, and has been a fellow with the Litigation Counsel of America and the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.[1]

Federal judicial service

On July 13, 2018, President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate Ranjan to a seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. On July 24, 2018, his nomination was sent to the Senate. President Trump nominated Ranjan to the seat vacated by Judge Kim R. Gibson, who took senior status on June 3, 2016.[2] On November 13, 2018, a hearing on his nomination was held before the Senate Judiciary Committee.[3]

On January 3, 2019, his nomination was returned to the President under Rule XXXI, Paragraph 6 of the United States Senate, which provides that nominations not acted upon during a session are considered to have expired.[4] On January 23, 2019, President Trump announced his intent to renominate Ranjan for a federal judgeship.[5] His nomination was sent to the Senate later that day.[6] On February 7, 2019, his nomination was reported out of committee by a 18–4 vote.[7] On July 9, 2019, the Senate voted 83–15 to invoke cloture on his nomination.[8] On July 10, 2019, his nomination was confirmed by a vote of 80–14.[9] He received judicial commission on July 12, 2019.

In August 2020, Ranjan ordered the Trump campaign to produce evidence of voter fraud in Pennsylvania by Friday, August 14. The Trump campaign must answer questions from Democratic groups, or admit to having no proof of election fraud. A hearing about the evidence was set for late September.[10] On August 23, 2020, Ranjan issued a stay on the Trump campaign's lawsuit, pending the result of a similar state-level lawsuit.[11]

On October 10, 2020, in the case of Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. v. Boockvar, No. 2:20-cv-966 (W.D. Pa.), Ranjan granted judgment in favor of the Secretary of State of Pennsylvania, Kathy Boockvar, and denied the Trump campaign's claims of voter fraud and allowed ballot dropboxes to remain in service.[12] In his decision, Ranjan concluded that "the plain language of the [Pennsylvania State] Election Code imposes no requirement for signature comparison for mail-in and absentee ballots and applications," a reasoning that was approvingly cited by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on 23 October.[13]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d "President Donald J. Trump Announces Sixteenth Wave of Judicial Nominees, Sixteenth Wave of United States Attorney Nominees, and Eleventh Wave of United States Marshal Nominees". – via National Archives.
  2. ^ "Two Nominations and One Withdrawal Sent to the Senate Today". – via National Archives.
  3. ^ "Nominations | United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary".
  4. ^ "Rules of the Senate". Retrieved 2020-10-10.
  5. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Judicial Nominees". – via National Archives.
  6. ^ "Nominations Sent to the Senate". – via National Archives.
  7. ^ "Results of Executive Business Meeting – February 7, 2019, Senate Judiciary Committee" (PDF).
  8. ^ "U.S. Senate: U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 116th Congress - 1st Session".
  9. ^ "U.S. Senate: U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 116th Congress - 1st Session".
  10. ^ Katelyn Polantz. "Judge orders Trump campaign to produce evidence of voter fraud in Pennsylvania". CNN.
  11. ^ "Federal judge issues stay in Trump challenge of mail balloting in Pennsylvania". August 24, 2020 – via
  12. ^ "Federal judge in Pennsylvania denies Trump campaign voting policy challenges in major ruling". October 10, 2020 – via CNN.
  13. ^ Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, No. 149 MM 2020. In Re: November 3, 2020 General Election. SUBMITTED: October 16, 2020. OPINION: Justice Todd. DECIDED: October 23, 2020 .

External links

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Preceded by
Kim R. Gibson
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
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