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Craig Stowers

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Craig F. Stowers
Current Court Information:
Alaska Supreme Court
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $
Appointed by:   Gov. Sean Parnell
Active:   2009-2024
Preceded by:   Robert Eastaugh
Past post:   Judge, Alaska Superior Court
Past term:   2004-2009
Personal History
Born:   1954
Hometown:   Florida
Undergraduate:   Blackburn College, 1975
Law School:   University of California Davis, 1985
Candidate 2014:
Candidate for:  Supreme Court
Position:  Retention
State:  Alaska
Election information 2014:
Incumbent:  Yes
Election date:  11/4/2014

Craig F. Stowers is an associate justice of the Alaska Supreme Court. He was appointed to the court in 2009 by Governor Sean Parnell.[1][2][3] Stowers successfully ran for retention in the November 4, 2014, election to a term that will expire in 2024.[4]



Stowers ran for retention to the Alaska Supreme Court. The general election took place on November 4, 2014.[5]


Stowers earned his undergraduate degree in biology, with honors, from Blackburn College in 1975 and his Juris Doctor from the University of California Davis in 1985.[1][3][6]


2009 appointment

Stowers was appointed to the Alaska Supreme Court by Governor Sean Parnell to fill the vacancy left by retired Judge Robert Eastaugh. Stowers was one of seven candidates recommended to the Governor by the Alaska Judicial Council out of a record 25 applicants.[1][3]

I care deeply about people, families, Alaska and law. I have an abiding love of theology and strive to follow Micah 6:8.[7]

—Craig Stowers on his 2009 Judicial Application[6]

Awards and associations


  • American Jurisprudence Award, Torts
  • American Jurisprudence Award, Criminal Law
  • American Jurisprudence Award, Administrative Law[1][3]


  • Member, Order of the Coif
  • Member, Alaska Bar Association
  • President, Board of directors, Christian Health Associates, Inc.
  • Board of directors, Alaska Natural History Association
  • Board of directors, Brother Francis Shelter
  • Board of directors, Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center
  • Law Examiners Committee, Alaska Bar Association
  • Past member, Alaska Supreme Court, Judicial Education Committee[1][3]

Political ideology

See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Stowers received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.77, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative than the average CF score of -0.11 that justices received in Alaska. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[8]

See also

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