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Kobes, Jonathan Allen

Born 1974 in Sioux City, IA

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Nominated by Donald J. Trump on June 11, 2018, to a seat vacated by Roger Leland Wollman. Confirmed by the Senate on December 11, 2018, and received commission on December 12, 2018.

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

Professional Career:

Law clerk, Hon. Roger L. Wollman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 2000-2001
Honors attorney, Central Intelligence Agency, 2002-2003
Assistant U.S. attorney, District of South Dakota, 2003-2005
Private practice, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 2005-2008
Counsel, advisor, and senior counsel, POET, LLC, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 2008-2012
Senior regulatory counsel, DuPont Pioneer, Johnston, Iowa, 2012-2013
Director of corporate compliance, Raven Industries, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 2013-2014
Office of U.S. Sen. M. Michael Rounds, South Dakota, 2014-2018; deputy director, transition, 2014-2015; political fund designee, 2014-2016; deputy chief of staff and counsel, 2015-2016, ethics certification officer, 2014-2018, general counsel, 2016-2018

Miscellaneous Information:

On December 11, 2018, Vice President Michael R. Pence voted yea to break a tie when the Senate voted 50-50 on confirmation of the nomination.