Bill to name courtroom after Boochever moves closer to passage

A bill to name the federal courtroom in the U.S. Federal Building in Juneau after the late Judge Robert Boochever passed a committee in the U.S. House of Representatives this week.

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed H.R. 4347 by voice vote and sent it to the full House for a vote on Thursday, according to a release from U.S. Rep. Don Young.

Young introduced the legislation in March, as U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich introduced companion legislation in the Senate.

“Judge Boochever’s commitment to Alaska was second to none,” Young said in the statement. “I am pleased that my colleagues on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee recognized his service to not only Alaska, but the nation as a whole. I look forward to passing this bill out of the House and working with my two Senators to see it reach the President’s desk.”

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 2011.

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