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Joel Bolger

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Joel Harold Bolger
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Current Court Information:
Alaska Supreme Court
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $
Appointed by:   Gov. Sean Parnell
Active:   2013-2016
Preceded by:   Walter Carpeneti
Past post:   Judge, Alaska Court of Appeals
Past term:   2008-2013
Personal History
Hometown:   Iowa
Undergraduate:   University of Iowa, 1976
Law School:   University of Iowa College of Law, 1978
Candidate 2012:
Candidate for:  Alaska Court of Appeals
State:  Alaska
Election information 2012:
Incumbent:  Yes
Election date:  11/6/2012
Retention vote:  166,208
Retention vote %:  65.24% ApprovedA

Joel Harold Bolger is a justice of the Alaska Supreme Court. He was appointed by Gov. Sean Parnell in January 2013, effective February 1st, to replace Justice Walter Carpeneti. He was sworn in on April 26, 2013 and will need to stand for retention in 2016.[1]

Justice Bolger is the only justice to have served on every level in the Alaska state court system.


Bolger received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Iowa in 1976 and his J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1978.[2]


Judicial Appointments

2013 Supreme Court Appointment

Bolger was appointed to the Alaska Supreme Court on January 25, 2013, by Governor Sean Parnell. He was appointed to fill the vacancy created by Justice Walter Carpeneti's retirement.

Judge Bolger’s vast experience will be a tremendous asset for Alaska’s highest court. His service at each level of the Alaska Court System has prepared him to serve Alaskans with humility, thoughtfulness, legal expertise, and discernment. - Governor Sean Parnell[4]
Justice Bolger's installation and Oath of Office before Chief Justice Dana Fabe on April 26, 2013

2008 Court of Appeals Appointment

Bolger was appointed to the Alaska Court of Appeals on August 29, 2008, by Republican Governor Sarah Palin. He was appointed to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of David Stewart.

Judge Bolger clearly has the experience necessary to be an exceptional appeals court judge. His work as a trial attorney in rural Alaska, combined with his work as a judge at the district and superior court levels, has made him a seasoned, knowledgeable and thoughtful judge who will continue to provide exemplary service to Alaska in his new position.[2] Bolger served in that position until his Supreme Court appointment in 2013.[5] - Governor Sarah Palin[4]

2003 Superior Court Appointment

Bolger was appointed to the Kodiak Superior Court on September 9, 2003 by Governor Frank Murkowski to fill a vacancy left by the retirement of Judge Donald Hopwood.[6]

1997 District Court Appointment

In 1997, Bolger was appointed to a new position on the Valdez District Court by Governor Tony Knowles.[6]



Bolger was retained to the Court of Appeals with 65.24% of the vote on November 6th.[7][8]

See also: Alaska judicial elections, 2012


Judge Bolger was retained to the Kodiak Superior Court.[9]


Judge Bolger was retained to the Valdez District Court.[10]

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