LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – President Donald Trump has announced his intent to nominate a Kentucky judge to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

President Trump is expected to nominate Judge Amul Thapar.

Judge Thapar was first appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky in 2008 by former President George W. Bush.

He also served as an assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of Ohio and Washington D.C.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has announced his support in the president’s nomination.

“I applaud the President for announcing his intent to nominate my friend, Judge Amul Thapar, to serve on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Throughout his already impressive career of public service, Amul has shown an incredible intellect and an unshakable dedication to the law. He has earned the respect of his colleagues, and I know that he will bring to the Sixth Circuit the same wisdom, fairness, and ability that he has shown on the District Court. President Trump made an outstanding choice and I look forward to the Senate’s confirmation of Judge Thapar.”