Joshua M. Kindred of Anchorage was confirmed this morning by the U.S. Senate as the United States District Judge for the District of Alaska.
On a vote of 54-41, the Senate confirmed Kindred on near party line vote on Wednesday. Two Democrats — Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema — voted to confirm him.
Kindred is 134th District Court judge confirmed by Senate during Donald Trump’s presidency.
Kindred is the son-in-law of Pam Birch and the late State Sen. Chris Birch.
He received a low rating on a poll of the Alaska Bar Association. Trump’s first choice, Jon Katchen, withdrew his name after scoring low on the bar poll. Kindred scored even lower. The Alaska Bar Association is dominated by liberal lawyers.
Kindred had worked in the District Attorney’s office in Anchorage, and for the Alaska Oil and Gas Association, a trade group. Most recently, he has been the Department of Interior’s Regional Solicitor for Alaska.
Kindred was born in Goldsboro, N.C. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2002 and his law degree from Willamette University College of Law, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Willamette Law Review.
The selection of more conservative judges has been a hallmark accomplishment for President Trump. But the appointments must make it through the Senate. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch was confirmed on a 54–45 vote, and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed, 50-48.
As of February 12, 2020, the United States Senate confirmed 193 “Article III” judges nominated by President Trump, including two for the Supreme Court, 51 for the United States Courts of Appeals, 137 judges for the United States District Courts, and two judges for the United States Court of International Trade.
Three other U.S. District Court judges were also confirmed by the Senate today for New York, Missouri, and Illinois.