The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed Kurt Alme of Billings as the new U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana, more than two months the White House nominated him to fill the post.
Alme — a former First Assistant U.S. Attorney — currently runs the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation.
In late June the White House announced the nomination of Alme after Sen. Steve Daines — Montana’s senior Republican congressman — recommended him. Sen. Jon Tester, a Democrat, joined Daines in supporting Alme for the role.
“Kurt Alme is the right man for the job and I’m thrilled to see bipartisan support for this well-qualified public servant,” Daines said in a statement after the Senate vote.
The U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana serves as the chief federal law enforcement officer for the largest geographic federal court district in the lower 48 states. Alme must still be sworn in by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Former U.S. Attorney for Montana Michael Cotter — along with 45 other U.S. attorneys across the country who were appointed during the Obama administration — was asked to resign by President Donald Trump in March.
Alme’s nomination garnered statements of support from the likes of former Montana U.S. Attorney William Mercer and Attorney General Tim Fox.
A Montana native, Alme went to high school in Miles City and graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1992. He clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Charles Lovell before joining the Crowley Law Firm in Billings. There he practiced nonprofit law, business and estate planning, and tax law, eventually becoming a partner at the firm.
In 2001, he was named director of the Montana Department of Revenue before joining the U.S. Attorney’s office. He left the office in 2010 to become general counsel at the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation — an organization that provides tax and charitable planning to help support the ranch, which works with emotionally troubled youth — and became its president in 2013.