JUNEAU — State court Judge Sharon Gleason on Tuesday became the first woman named to a federal bench in Alaska.
Gleason’s confirmation came on an 87-8 vote in the U.S. Senate.
Gleason, who has been the presiding Superior Court judge in the Anchorage area since 2009, will replace U.S. District Court Judge John Sedwick, who is going on senior status. She said it was all still sinking in, hours after the vote.
“I’m just so honored and humbled I can’t even tell you,” she said.