List of governors of Alaska

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Governor of Alaska
State Seal of Alaska.svg
Mike Dunleavy official photo (cropped).jpg
Incumbent
Mike Dunleavy

since December 3, 2018
ResidenceAlaska Governor's Mansion
Term lengthFour years, renewable once
Inaugural holderWilliam A. Egan
FormationJanuary 3, 1959
DeputyKevin Meyer
Salary$145,000 [1]
Websitegov.alaska.gov

The Governor of Alaska is the leader of Alaska's government and the state's military. The governor has the right to make state laws, and the power to either approve or veto bills passed by the Alaska Legislature,[2] to meet the legislature, and grant pardons, not for impeachment.[3]

The current Governor of Alaska is Mike Dunleavy.

Governors of Alaska[change | change source]

Governors of the State of Alaska[a]
No. Governor Term in office Party Election Lt. Governor[b][c]
1 William A. Egan.jpg   William A. Egan January 3, 1959

December 5, 1966
(term limited)
Democratic 1958   Hugh Wade
1962
2 Hickel.gif Wally Hickel December 5, 1966

January 29, 1969
(resigned)[d]
Republican 1966 Keith Harvey Miller
3 Keith H. Miller.jpg Keith Harvey Miller January 29, 1969

December 7, 1970
(lost election)[5]
Republican Succeeded from
Secretary
of State
Robert W. Ward
1 William A. Egan.jpg William A. Egan December 7, 1970

December 2, 1974
(lost election)
Democratic 1970 H. A. Boucher
4 Jay Hammond 1975.jpg Jay Hammond December 2, 1974

December 6, 1982
(term limited)
Republican 1974 Lowell Thomas Jr.
1978 Terry Miller
5 Bill Sheffield 1989 (cropped).jpg Bill Sheffield December 6, 1982

December 1, 1986
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1982 Steve McAlpine
6 Steve Cowper 1990 (cropped).jpg Steve Cowper December 1, 1986

December 3, 1990
(not candidate for election)
Democratic 1986
2 Hickel.gif Wally Hickel December 3, 1990

December 5, 1994
(not candidate for election)
Alaskan
Independence
[e]
1990 Jack Coghill
7 GovTonyKnowles.jpg Tony Knowles December 5, 1994

December 2, 2002
(term limited)
Democratic 1994 Fran Ulmer
1998
8 Frank Murkowski, 105th Congress photo.jpg Frank Murkowski December 2, 2002

December 4, 2006
(not candidate for election)
Republican 2002 Loren Leman
9 Sarah Palin Germany 3 Cropped Lightened.JPG Sarah Palin December 4, 2006

July 26, 2009
(resigned)[f]
Republican 2006 Sean Parnell
10 Former Governor of Alaska Sean Parnell.jpg Sean Parnell July 26, 2009

December 1, 2014
(lost election)[8]
Republican Succeeded from
Lieutenant
Governor
Vacant
Craig Campbell
(took office August 10, 2009)[g]
2010 Mead Treadwell
11 Bill Walker.jpg Bill Walker December 1, 2014

December 3, 2018
(withdrew from election)[11]
Independent 2014 Byron Mallott
(resigned October 16, 2018)[12]
Valerie Davidson
12 Senator Mike Dunleavy.jpg Mike Dunleavy December 3, 2018

present[h]
Republican 2018 Kevin Meyer

Notes[change | change source]

  1. Data is sourced from the National Governors Association, unless supplemental references are required.
  2. The office of lieutenant governor was named secretary of state until 1970.
  3. Lieutenant governors have all represented the same party as their governor.
  4. Hickel resigned to become United States Secretary of the Interior.[4]
  5. Hickel was elected as a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, and switched to the Republican party in April 1994.[6]
  6. Palin resigned, citing the costs of ethics investigations.[7]
  7. Campbell's position was termed "Temporary Substitute Lieutenant Governor[9] until he was confirmed by the Alaska Legislature on August 10, 2009.[10]
  8. Dunleavy's first term expires on December 5, 2022.

References[change | change source]

  1. "The Governors: Compensation, Staff, Travel and Residence" (PDF). The Council of State Governments. April 3, 2018. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 26, 2021. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  2. AK Const. art. II, § 15
  3. AK Const. art. III
  4. "Walter J. Hickel". National Governors Association. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  5. "Alaska". National Governors Association. Retrieved 2022-05-02.
  6. "Alaska's Gov. Hickel Rejoins Gop Amid Speculation Over Another Term". The Seattle Times. Associated Press. April 15, 1994. Retrieved September 28, 2008.
  7. "Legal Bills Swayed Palin, Official Says". The New York Times. July 5, 2009. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  8. "2014 General Election November 4, 2014 Official Results". elections.alaska.gov. November 11, 2014. Retrieved November 27, 2014.
  9. Forgey, Pat (July 28, 2009). "Alaska gets first ever 'temporary substitute' lt. governor". Juneau Empire. Archived from the original on October 13, 2017. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  10. "House Journal, Alaska State Legislature, Twenty-Sixth Legislature, First Special Session". legis.state.ak.us. State of Alaska. August 10, 2009. Retrieved December 17, 2009.
  11. Zak, Annie (2018-10-19). "Gov. Bill Walker drops out of campaign for Alaska governor". Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  12. Zak, Annie; Hanlon, Tegan; DeMarban, Alex (October 16, 2018). "Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott abruptly resigns following "inappropriate comments"". Anchorage Daily News.