Daines, Tester endorse Alme as nominee for Montana’s U.S. attorney

Montana Sen. Jon Tester has endorsed President Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. attorney for the District of Montana, saying he is “fit for the job.”

Kurt Alme

Kurt Alme’s nomination was announced on Thursday, and Democrat Tester called for a quick confirmation.

“It is critical that Mr. Alme is quickly confirmed so he can hit the ground running to curb the growing meth epidemic, fight for more law enforcement officers in rural Montana, and help close the jurisdictional gap between federal, state, local, and tribal officers,” Tester said in a written statement.

During his interview with Alme on June 20, Tester raised a series of issues, including improving communication between the FBI and tribal law enforcement officers, fighting growing meth use in Montana, and holding violent criminal offenders accountable.

Alme was recommended for the post by Republican Sen. Steve Daines of Montana.

“Montanans deserve a U.S. attorney with public safety and management experience and that person is Kurt Alme. He is the right person for this job,” Daines said in a statement after making the recommendation.

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 graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1992 and is a Harry S. Truman Scholar. He clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Charles Lovell before joining the Crowley Law Firm in Billings.

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 and became its president in 2013.

Alme also served as a section leader on the Montana Bar Committee which revised the Uniform Trust Code for legislative passage in 2013.