Senate confirms Trump nominee Kindred to US District Court in Alaska

A courtroom in the Anchorage Federal Building.
A courtroom in the Anchorage Federal Building, where the U.S. District Court of Alaska is housed. Alaska’s federal District Court has five locations around the state. (Photo by Carol M. Highsmith via Library of Congress)

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday confirmed Joshua Kindred to be a federal District Court judge in Alaska.

The vote was 54-41, with two Democrats joining the Republicans.

Kindred previously worked as a prosecutor in the Anchorage district attorney’s office. He also worked on environmental issues for the Alaska Oil and Gas Association, an industry trade group. He currently works as regional solicitor of the Interior Department in Alaska.

Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, spoke highly of Kindred before the vote, saying his experience and knowledge of Alaska-specific land law would be an asset.

Sullivan also commended Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for “prioritizing putting good, solid, young federal judges” on the bench.

Kindred is in his early 40s, like many of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees. Federal judgeships are lifetime appointments.


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