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Alaska's D.C. contingent seeks to name courthouse after Boochever

Posted: March 30, 2012 - 12:07am

The Alaska congressional delegation announced Thursday it has introduced legislation to name the federal courthouse in the Juneau Federal Building after late Judge Robert Boochever, according to a press release from the delegation.

Boochever served as chief justice for the Alaska Supreme Court and in 1980, he became the first Alaskan to serve on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He died in October of 2011.

“I can think of no better way of honoring Judge Boochever’s dedication to and work on behalf of the State of Alaska and Nation than to name the courtroom in Juneau after him,” U.S. Rep. Don Young said in a statement.

U.S. Sens. Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski both echoed the sentiment in the same statement, citing an impressive legal career that spanned more than 60 years in Alaska, much of it in Juneau.

The bill was introduced on the floors of the U.S. House and Senate Thursday.

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