PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Retired U.S. District Judge James A. Redden, who presided over the Northwest’s biggest salmon lawsuit and had served as an Oregon state representative, state treasurer and attorney general, died Tuesday.
The 91-year-old died at an adult foster care home, where he was being treated for congestive heart failure, according to a story in the Portland Tribune, which employs his son.
One of his biggest legacies was his fight to force the government to recover wild fish, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported. He rejected three federal recovery plans and pressured government agencies charged with protecting threatened and endangered salmon to spill more water over dams. He pushed the government to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on technical fixes to dams and commit to habitat work on rivers and streams in the Columbia basin.
“Jim was a superb judge — and a superb person,’’ U.S. District Judge Michael H. Simon said, in an email to other judges announcing Redden’s death. “He also had such a great reputation as Oregon Attorney General. Jim was special and will be missed.’’
Redden was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, and attended Boston College and Boston College Law School. He moved to Oregon in 1955.