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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

President Obama Nominates Three to Serve on the United States District Courts

WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, President Obama nominated Judge Ann Donnelly, Roseann A. Ketchmark, and Travis Randall McDonough to serve on the United States District Courts.

“These individuals have had distinguished legal careers and I am honored to ask them to serve as judges on the federal bench,” said President Obama.  “They will serve the American people with integrity and an unwavering commitment to justice.”

Judge Ann Donnelly:  Nominee for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Judge Ann Donnelly has served as a Judge of the New York State Court of Claims since 2009. During her tenure, her judicial assignments have included the Bronx County Supreme Court, a Special Term for Election Matters, the Kings County Supreme Court, and the New York County Supreme Court, where she currently serves. From 1984 to 2009, Judge Donnelly was a prosecutor in the New York County District Attorney’s Office, where she served in a number of management positions including Chief of the Family Violence and Child Abuse Bureau from 2005 to 2009 and Senior Trial Counsel from 1997 to 2005. She received her J.D. in 1984 from the Ohio State University College of Law and her B.A. in 1981 from the University of Michigan.

Roseann A. Ketchmark:  Nominee for the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri

Roseann A. Ketchmark has been an Assistant United States Attorney in the Western District of Missouri since 2001 and currently serves in the Fraud and Corruption Unit. During her tenure as an Assistant United States Attorney, Ketchmark held several management positions: she served as First Assistant United States Attorney from 2009 to 2010 and from 2001 to 2006, and she served as Executive Assistant United States Attorney in 2010 and from 2006 to 2007. Prior to joining the United States Attorney’s Office, Ketchmark was a First Assistant Prosecutor for Platte County, Missouri, from 1995 to 2001. She began her legal career as an Assistant Prosecutor in Jackson County, Missouri, from 1990 to 1995. Ketchmark received her J.D. in 1990 from the University of Kansas School of Law and her B.S. in 1986 from the University of Oklahoma.

Travis Randall McDonough:  Nominee for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee

Travis Randall McDonough has been Chief of Staff and Counselor to the Mayor of Chattanooga since 2013. From 2005 to 2013, he was a member of the Chattanooga law firm Miller & Martin PLLC, where he litigated a wide variety of civil and criminal matters in federal and state courts and served as the head of the firm’s litigation department from 2012 to 2013. McDonough began his legal career as an associate at Miller & Martin PLLC from 1997 to 2004.  He received his J.D. in 1997 from Vanderbilt University Law School and his B.A. in 1994 from Sewanee, The University of the South.