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Begich Welcomes Senate Approval of Judge Sharon Gleason



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Final confirmation for U.S. District Court Judge

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich today released the following statement after the U.S. Senate confirmed former Alaska Superior Court Presiding Judge Sharon Gleason to serve as a U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Alaska.

Begich nominated Gleason to the White House after Judge John Sedwick accepted the role of Senior Judge on the District Court. In anticipation of today's approval, Sen. Begich also delivered a floor speech praising Gleason:

"I can say without hesitation that Judge Gleason is one of Alaska's finest. She is smart, compassionate, well-rounded and possesses an ample supply of common sense.

"Alaska's judicial candidates are rated by their peers and Judge Gleason consistently receives among the highest marks possible.

"She is widely praised for her judicial temperament, her fairness on the bench and especially her pioneering work on behalf of families and children.

"Her confirmation will make Judge Gleason the first female judge appointed to the federal bench in Alaska history. It is truly momentous for our state, and long overdue.

"I'm honored to have been a part of the process that led us to this important day."

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