Byron Mallott

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Byron Mallott
Mallott smiling, wearing native Tlingit dress
Lieutenant Governor of Alaska
In office
December 1, 2014 – October 16, 2018
GovernorBill Walker
Preceded byMead Treadwell
Succeeded byValerie Davidson
Mayor of Juneau
In office
October 4, 1994 – February 13, 1995
Preceded byJamie Parsons
Succeeded byDennis Egan
Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Community and Regional Affairs
In office
1972–1974
GovernorBill Egan
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byLee McAnerney
Mayor of Yakutat
In office
1965–1966
Preceded byJB Mallott
Succeeded byJerry Nelson
Personal details
Born (1943-04-06) April 6, 1943 (age 75)
Yakutat, Alaska, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic[1]
Spouse(s)Toni Mallott
Children5
EducationSheldon Jackson High School Diploma

Byron I. Mallott (born April 6, 1943) is an American politician, elder, tribal activist, and business executive from the state of Alaska. Mallott is an Alaska Native leader of Tlingit heritage, and the leader of the Kwaash Ké Kwaan clan. He was lieutenant governor of Alaska, from December 2014 until his resignation on October 16, 2018.[2] He also previously served as the Mayor of Yakutat, the Mayor of Juneau, the President of the Alaska Federation of Natives and the executive director of the Alaska Permanent Fund.

Mallott was the Democratic nominee for Governor of Alaska in 2014,[3] until he agreed to merge his campaign with that of Independent candidate Bill Walker and become Walker's running mate. Walker and Mallott won the election and were sworn in on December 1, 2014. In 2018, Mallott abruptly resigned after it was discovered he made inappropriate overtures to a woman.

Early life and political career[edit]

Mallott as DCRA commissioner in 1973

Byron I. Mallott was born on April 6, 1943 in Yakutat, Territory of Alaska to J. B. and Emma Mallott. His father established a general store in a spare room of the family home in 1946. Byron spent most of his childhood living in Yakutat.[4] He graduated from Sheldon Jackson High School and studied for several years at Western Washington State College.

His political career began unexpectedly in 1965. His father, who served as Yakutat's mayor for the vast majority of the position's existence (Yakutat incorporated as a city in 1948),[5] died. He left college and returned to Yakutat, running to replace him, and won election.[4] He was 22 years old at the time.[6] He left office before the expiration of his term, taking a job in the office of Governor Bill Egan towards the end of Egan's first governorship. His job in the governor's office was focused on local government affairs, one of the few constitutionally mandated executive functions in Alaska.[4]

After Egan was defeated for re-election by Walter Hickel in 1966, Mallott returned to Yakutat and served on the city council. He also served as a special assistant to U.S. Senator Mike Gravel during the early part of Gravel's first term.[7]

After Egan was elected back to the governorship in 1970, Mallott went back to work in his office in 1971, where he was in charge of local affairs. This office was absorbed into the Alaska Department of Community and Regional Affairs when the legislature created the department the following year. Mallott became the department's first commissioner, serving until 1974.

Business career[edit]

During the 1970s, Mallott became a director of the newly formed Sealaska Corporation, eventually serving as chairman of the board, as well as president and CEO of the corporation. He retired from Sealaska as CEO in 1992.[6]

Mallott became the executive director of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation in 1995.[4] He had previously served on the corporation's board for eight years, including three years as chairman.[4] He had also established a permanent fund for Sealaska shareholders during his tenure there, which had grown to a net worth of $100 million by the late 1990s.[6]

Mayor of Juneau[edit]

Incumbent mayor Jamie Parsons declined to seek re-election in 1994 after one term in office.[8] Mallott was elected mayor of Juneau in that municipality's 1994 general election. He resigned the office a little over three months into his term, after he was chosen to head the APFC. Mallott faced harsh criticism when he initially announced that he could handle serving in both positions, leading to changing his mind and resigning the mayoral position. Mallott was succeeded as mayor by deputy mayor Dennis Egan.

Other posts held[edit]

Mallott has also served as:[9][10]

He was also awarded an honorary doctorate in humanities by the University of Alaska.[6]

2014 gubernatorial election[edit]

Byron Mallott being sworn in as lieutenant governor of Alaska, 2014

Mallott announced on September 2, 2013, that he was running for the Democratic nomination for Governor of Alaska in the 2014 election.[11] He won the Democratic gubernatorial primary with 80% of the vote on August 19, 2014.[3]

Alaska National Guard receives new commanding general

Independent candidate Bill Walker and Mallott merged their campaigns on September 2 to appear on the November ballot as one independent campaign, which the Alaska Democratic Party endorsed. On this ticket, Walker ran for Governor with Mallott as his running mate. Both candidates' respective prior running mates withdrew.[12] They won the election on November 4, 2014, as there was a recount due to a close election result.

2018 gubernatorial election[edit]

In 2017, Walker and Mallott registered to run for re-election on an independent ticket. Despite running for reelection as an independent, Mallott maintained his Democratic Party registration.[1]

They faced the Republican ticket headed by state senator Mike Dunleavy and the Democratic ticket headed by former senator Mark Begich, until Mallott's resignation from office on October 16 and Bill Walker's eventual campaign suspension on October 19 (Walker briefly ran with acting lieutenant governor Valerie Davidson after Mallott resigned).[13]

Resignation[edit]

Mallott resigned his post as Lieutenant Governor on October 16, 2018, citing "inappropriate comments" that he had made to a woman whom Governor Walker refused to name. He was succeeded as lieutenant governor by Valerie Davidson, the former commissioner of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Byron Mallott has been married for several decades to Antoinette "Toni" Mallott,[7] a retired schoolteacher who spent most of her career teaching elementary grades in the Juneau School District. They have five children. Byron and Toni Mallott currently live in the West Juneau neighborhood of Juneau, located on Douglas Island near downtown Juneau.

Electoral history[edit]

Alaska Gubernatorial Democratic Primary Election, 2014[citation needed]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Byron Mallott 42,327 80.10
Democratic Phil Stoddard 10,514 19.90

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Walker-Mallott to run as independents again in 2018". KTUU. August 21, 2017.
  2. ^ "Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott abruptly resigns following 'inappropriate comments'". 16 October 2018. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Alaska - Summary Vote Results". ASSOCIATED PRESS. August 20, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d e Germain, David (1996-10-27). "Fund Manager Gives Away Cash: Rich or Poor, Alaskans Get Dividends". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved December 10, 2010.
  5. ^ "1968 Directory – Borough & City Officials". Alaska Local Government. Juneau: Office of the Governor of Alaska, Local Affairs Agency. VI (9): 50. November 1967.
  6. ^ a b c d e Commission on Rural Governance and Empowerment, Final Report to the Governor. Juneau: Alaska Department of Economic and Community Development. June 1999. p. 118.
  7. ^ a b Atwood, Evangeline; DeArmond, Robert N. (1977). Who's Who in Alaskan Politics. Portland, Oregon: Binford & Mort for the Alaska Historical Commission. p. 61.
  8. ^ Phu, Lisa (2015-12-29). "Former Juneau mayor, capital city advocate Jamie Parsons dies at 74". KTOO-TV. Retrieved 2016-01-03.
  9. ^ "Byron Mallott Joins Board of Alaska Communications Systems". Business Wire. January 5, 2000. Retrieved 2008-04-24.
  10. ^ "Byron Mallott biography". Alaskool.org. 2004.
  11. ^ DeMarban, Alex (September 3, 2013). "Byron Mallott announces decision to run for Alaska governor". Alaska Dispatch. Retrieved September 3, 2013.
  12. ^ "Walker, Mallott to join forces in governor's race". Alaska Dispatch News. September 1, 2014. Retrieved September 2, 2014.
  13. ^ Kelly, Caroline (October 19, 2018). "Alaska Gov. Bill Walker suspends re-election bid". CNN. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  14. ^ Zak, Annie; Hanlon, Tegan; DeMarban, Alex (October 16, 2018). "Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott abruptly resigns following "inappropriate comments"". Anchorage Daily News.

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Political offices
Preceded by
J. B. Mallott
Mayor of Yakutat
1965–1966
Succeeded by
Jerry Nelson
New office Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Community and Regional Affairs
1972–1974
Succeeded by
Lee McAnerney
Preceded by
Jamie Parsons
Mayor of Juneau
1994–1995
Succeeded by
Dennis Egan
Preceded by
Mead Treadwell
Lieutenant Governor of Alaska
2014–2018
Succeeded by
Valerie Davidson
Party political offices
Preceded by
Ethan Berkowitz
Democratic nominee for Governor of Alaska
Withdrew

2014
Succeeded by
Bill Walker
Endorsed