Judge Daniel Traynor, North Dakota U.S. District Court

Judge Daniel Traynor

North Dakota U.S. District Court

Daniel Mack Traynor was born in 1970 in Devils Lake, North Dakota. He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of North Dakota and received a Juris Doctor from the University of North Dakota School of Law. He served as a law clerk at the North Dakota Supreme Court, before entering the private practice of law. 

He was nominated by President Donald Trump to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota. On a cloture vote, his nomination was approved by the Senate. He received his judicial commission in January 2020. 

In the News…

U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Traynor ruled in favor of the Christian Employers Alliance (CEA), which had sued the president’s administration regarding federal discrimination law. The Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) and the Department of Health and Human Services have interpreted the Affordable Care Act to require the health insurance plans of employers to cover gender transition procedures and surgeries. 

Judge Traynor ruled that the Christian employers’ “religious beliefs are substantially burdened by the monetary penalties it faces for refusing to violate its beliefs.”

The judge wrote, “As a result, performing or providing health care coverage for gender transition services under the EEOC and HHS coverage mandates impinges upon CEA’s beliefs. CEA must either comply with the EEOC and HHS mandates by violating their sincerely held religious beliefs or else face harsh consequences like paying fines and facing civil liability.“

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Judge Traynor today? You can let him know at:

The Honorable Daniel M. Traynor 
North Dakota U.S. District Court 

William L. Guy Federal Building
220 East Rosser Ave, Suite 411 
Bismarck, ND 58502 


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