List of lieutenant governors of Alaska

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This is a list of people who have served as lieutenant governor of the U.S. state of Alaska since statehood in 1959. Prior to statehood, the territorial-era Secretary of Alaska, who was appointed by the president of the United States like the governor, functioned as an acting governor or successor-in-waiting like the present-day lieutenant governor does. Waino Edward Hendrickson, the territory's last appointed Secretary, twice served as acting governor. In statehood, the position was referred to as Secretary of State until a constitutional amendment changing the name was approved by voters on August 25, 1970.[1] In Alaska, the lieutenant governor runs separately from the governor in the primaries, but after the primaries, the nominee for governor and nominee for lieutenant governor run together as a slate.

Lieutenant Governors of Alaska[edit]

Lieutenant Governor Party Term Governor(s) served under
Hugh Wade Democratic 1959–1966 William A. Egan
Keith Miller[2] Republican 1966–1969 Walter J. Hickel
Robert W. Ward[3] Republican 1969–1970 Keith Miller
H. A. "Red" Boucher Democratic 1970–1974 William A. Egan
Lowell Thomas, Jr. Republican 1974–1978 Jay Hammond
Terry Miller Republican 1978–1982 Jay Hammond
Stephen McAlpine Democratic 1982–1990 Bill Sheffield
Steve Cowper
Jack Coghill Alaskan Independence 1990–1994 Walter J. Hickel
Fran Ulmer Democratic 1994–2002 Tony Knowles
Loren Leman Republican 2002–2006 Frank Murkowski
Sean Parnell[4] Republican 2006–2009 Sarah Palin
Craig Campbell[5] Republican 2009-2010 Sean Parnell
Mead Treadwell Republican 2010–present Sean Parnell

Living former lieutenant governors[edit]

As of August 2014, seven former lieutenant governors were alive. The oldest living lieutenant governor is Lowell Thomas, Jr. (1974–1978, born 1923). The most recent death of a former lieutenant governor was that of H. A. Boucher (1970–1974), on June 19, 2009. The most recently serving lieutenant governor to die was Terry Miller (1978–1982), on April 13, 1989.

Lieutenant Governor Term Date of birth
Keith H. Miller 1966–1969 (1925-03-01) March 1, 1925 (age 89)
Lowell Thomas, Jr. 1974–1978 (1923-10-06) October 6, 1923 (age 90)
Stephen McAlpine 1982–1990 (1949-05-23) May 23, 1949 (age 65)
Jack Coghill 1990–1994 (1925-09-24) September 24, 1925 (age 88)
Fran Ulmer 1994–2002 (1947-02-01) February 1, 1947 (age 67)
Loren Leman 2002–2006 (1950-12-02) December 2, 1950 (age 63)
Sean Parnell 2006–2009 (1962-11-19) November 19, 1962 (age 51)
Craig Campbell 2009–2010 (1952-03-24) March 24, 1952 (age 62)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alaska Constitution
  2. ^ Became governor January 29, 1969 upon resignation of Walter Hickel.
  3. ^ Was commissioner of administration under Hickel. Ascended to the office of secretary of state when Miller became governor.
  4. ^ Became governor July 26, 2009 upon resignation of Sarah Palin. "Parnell, Campbell Sworn In". Retrieved 2009-08-12. 
  5. ^ Joe Schmidt, Palin's designated replacement for Parnell, refused the position. Campbell was appointed as interim Lieutenant Governor on July 26, 2009; confirmed by State Legislature 55-4 on August 10, 2009 "Campbell answers concerns, wins strong approval: New lieutenant governor no longer temporary, acting". Retrieved 2009-08-12.