Anchorage's United States Courthouse renamed the James M. Fitzgerald United States Courthouse
On April 14, 2014, the Alaska Congressional Delegation and the Alaska District U.S. Courts hosted a dedication ceremony at the James M. Fitzgerald United States Courthouse and Federal Building to celebrate the renaming of the Courthouse to the James M. Fitzgerald United States Courthouse. Senator Begich, along with the judges and the Fitzgerald family participated in the presentation for this event.
Senator Mark Begich sponsored bill (S. 1710) designating the Anchorage U.S. Courthouse with the new name. President Obama signed this bill into law on Wednesday, March 14, 2012.
Senior Judge James M. Fitzgerald was a decorated World War II veteran, serving with the Marines in the South Pacific. He attended the University of Oregon and Willamette University, receiving his LL.B. from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, in 1951. Between 1959 and 1974, he served as Alaska’s first commissioner of public safety, a superior court judge, and an associate justice of the Alaska Supreme Court. Judge Fitzgerald was nominated for appointment by President Ford and received his commission as a district judge on December 20, 1974. He was elevated to chief judge in 1984, serving in that capacity until 1989 when he took senior status. He passed away on April 3, 2011.
The James M. Fitzgerald United States Courthouse and Federal Building is located at 222 West 7th Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska.