Hollis French

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Hollis French
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Member of the Alaska Senate
from the J district
Assumed office
January 15, 2013
Preceded by Redistricted
Member of the Alaska Senate
from the M district
In office
January 20, 2003 – January 15, 2013
Preceded by Rick Halford
Succeeded by Redistricted
Personal details
Born (1958-10-11) October 11, 1958 (age 56)
Newton, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Peggy French
Alma mater University of Alaska,

Cornell University
Religion Episcopalianism

Hollis S. French II is a Democratic member of the Alaska Senate, serving since 2003. He has been the Minority Leader since January 2014.

French is an attorney and a small business owner. He and his wife own and operate an apartment rental business.

Early life and education[edit]

French is a graduate of the University of Alaska, Anchorage (B.A. English) and of Cornell Law School (Juris doctor). Before being elected to the state Senate, French was an assistant district attorney.

French has climbed Denali to the summit twice.[1] His father, Bob French, is a county commissioner in Summit County, Colorado.[2]


In 2008, French was appointed by the Legislative Council to head an investigation into charges that Gov. Sarah Palin "abused her office to get the Alaska public safety commissioner, Walt Monegan, fired."[3]

2010 gubernatorial campaign[edit]

On July 1, 2009, French announced that he filed a letter of intent with the Alaska Public Offices Commission to run for Governor of Alaska.[4] On July 22, 2009, French made stops in Fairbanks and Anchorage to announce he is running for governor. The next day, he made a similar stop in Juneau. French, received 18,018 votes (38.81%) losing the Democratic primary to Ethan Berkowitz who received 22,607 votes (48.69%).

2014 gubernatorial campaign[edit]

French initially decided to run again for Governor of Alaska in 2014, but later decided to run instead for Lieutenant Governor of Alaska.[5] He was nominated as the lieutenant gubernatorial candidate.[6] In September, Byron Mallott, the Democratic nominee for Governor, merged his campaign with independent candidate Bill Walker. Walker remained the gubernatorial candidate, with Mallott running for Lieutenant Governor as his running mate. French and Walker's original running mate, Craig Fleener, willingly withdrew their candidacies.[7]


  1. ^ Hollis French for Senate campaign site
  2. ^ http://www.summitdaily.com/article/20041018/ELECTION02/40916015
  3. ^ ABC News: 'October Surprise' Over Palin Investigation?
  4. ^ "French files for gubernatorial run: Politics". adn.com. 2009-07-01. Retrieved 2010-08-29. 
  5. ^ John Aronno (October 16, 2013). "Hollis French Swaps Roles, 2014 Gubernatorial Field Likely Set.". Alaska Commons. Retrieved November 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ "2014 Primary Elections August 19, 2014 Unofficial Results". State of Alaska Division of Elections. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Walker, Mallott to join forces in governor's race". Alaska Dispatch News. September 1, 2014. Retrieved September 2, 2014. 

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Diane Benson
Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Alaska

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