Senate Confirms Joshua Kindred to Serve as Alaska District Court Judge

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, with the support of U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-Alaska), the U.S. Senate confirmed Joshua Kindred to serve as a United States District Court Judge for the District of Alaska. Before the confirmation vote, Senators Murkowski and Sullivan spoke on the Senate floor in support of Kindred’s confirmation.

“Josh Kindred’s experience in civil, criminal, and administrative law, at both the state and federal levels, in both the public sector as well as the private sector, is exactly what we should seek in a nominee for a court of original jurisdiction such as the U.S District Court for the District of Alaska. His background also brings a welcomed and valuable understanding of Alaska’s unique federal lands laws and landscape. That skillset, that operational base of knowledge on Alaska-specific laws and matters, is vital for our state,” said Senator Murkowski. “Mr. Kindred is well-qualified to serve in this capacity. He has also long called Alaska home, was raised in our local schools, and is raising his family there. He knows and understands Alaska. I’m proud of Mr. Kindred’s continued commitment to public service and his willingness to serve our state.”

“I was proud to cast my vote in support of Joshua Kindred to be Alaska's next federal district court judge,” said Senator Sullivan. “Josh’s wide-ranging experience – both in the public and private sectors – will be incredibly valuable to Alaska. Josh understands Alaska's unique legal jurisprudence. He is committed to honoring the commitments Congress has made to the First People of Alaska, and he is committed to justice. I believe he will serve with honor and integrity on the federal court.”


Joshua Kindred was most recently the regional solicitor for the Alaska Region of the U.S. Department of the Interior in Anchorage. Before joining the Department of the Interior, Mr. Kindred was environmental counsel to the Alaska Oil and Gas Association and served as an assistant district attorney and violent unit supervisor for the State of Alaska. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Kindred served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Paul DeMuniz of the Supreme Court of the State of Oregon. Mr. Kindred earned his B.A. from the University of Alaska Anchorage and his J.D. from Willamette University College of Law, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Willamette Law Review.

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