Dennis Egan

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Dennis Egan
Member of the Alaska Senate
from the P district
Assumed office
January 15, 2013
Preceded by Redistricted
Member of the Alaska Senate
from the B district
In office
April 19, 2009 – January 15, 2013
Preceded by Kim Elton
Succeeded by Redistricted
10th Mayor of Juneau
In office
February 13, 1995 – October 3, 2000
Preceded by Byron Mallott
Succeeded by Sally Smith
Personal details
Born Dennis William Egan
(1947-03-03) March 3, 1947 (age 68)
Juneau, Alaska, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Linda Egan

Dennis William Egan (born March 3, 1947)[1] is a Democratic member of the Alaska Senate since 2009 representing Juneau, Alaska. He previously served as its mayor from February 13, 1995, to October 3, 2000, and was a member of the local assembly.[2] He was manager of Alaska-Juneau Communications, Inc., which owns the Juneau-area radio stations KINY and KSUP;[3] Egan hosted the program Problem Corner on KINY.[4]


Egan was born in Juneau, Alaska, Dennis is the son of William Allen Egan, who was a legislator of the Alaska Territory, the presiding officer of Alaska's constitutional convention and the state's first and fourth governor,[5] and Neva Egan, who was Alaska's first First Lady.[6] He lived in Washington, D.C. while his father lobbied for full Alaskan statehood. Dennis, then eleven years old, appeared on I've Got a Secret when Alaska entered the Union in 1959.[7]


Egan has held a number of professions in addition to politics. Among other jobs, he served in the National Guard of the United States and assisted the construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System working for Caterpillar Inc.[5] He spent a good portion of the 1970s working in various positions for the State of Alaska government.


Dennis's first attempt at politics happened in the 1980s, when he ran a primary election bid for a seat in the Alaska House of Representatives; he lost to Bruce Botelho.[5]

On the suggestion of friends, Egan ran for the Assembly of the City and Borough of Juneau in 1989.[5] He won and served nearly two full three-year terms in the Assembly from October 3, 1989, to February 13, 1995.[2]

Juneau, Alaska, regular election, 1989 (District 1)[8]
Candidate Votes Percentage
Dennis Egan 3990 57.0%
Joe Geldhof 2095 29.9%
Lee Stoops 868 12.4%
Write-in 47 0.7%
Juneau, Alaska, regular election, 1992 (District 1)[9]
Dennis Egan 5193 62.7%
Sandy Harbanuk 3063 37.0%
Write-in 22 0.3%

Egan was deputy mayor[5] of Juneau in 1995. He was appointed mayor when Byron Mallott resigned in order to become executive director of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation; Mallott had believed he could do both jobs, but his plans drew criticism anyway, and he resigned as mayor.[10] Dennis Egan won reelection in 1995 and 1997.[2] The 1997 race was a landslide victory for Egan. His opponent, Cory Mann, was a "newcomer to politics", according to the Juneau Empire, and had not filed for election until October 2, five days before the vote was held.[11]

An effective mayor, Egan helped mediation efforts[5] to end an August 1997 Alaska Native Brotherhood boycott of the 51st Golden North Salmon Derby.[12] (1997 Golden North Salmon Derby Boycott). Bob Tkacz of the Anchorage Press had an unfavorable view of the Empire's support of the Derby and Egan's efforts to end the boycott.[13] In September 1997 Egan helped keep 200 United States Forest Service jobs from being moved from Juneau to Ketchikan.[5]

Juneau, Alaska, regular election, 1995 (Mayor)[14]
Candidate Votes Percentage
Dennis Egan 5620 57.53%
Chuck Keen 2123 21.73%
Mark Farmer 1847 18.91%
Write-in 179 1.83%
Juneau, Alaska, regular election, 1997 (Mayor)[15]
Dennis Egan 5432 78.1%
Cory Mann 1392 20.0%
Write-in 129 1.9%

Egan declined to run in 2000.[7] Instead, Sally Smith narrowly defeated Jamie Parsons, who had been mayor from 1990 to 1994,[16] by 220 votes.[17]

In April 2009, Egan was appointed to the Alaska Senate by Governor Sarah Palin to replace Kim Elton, who resigned in March 2009.[18] Palin had refused to appoint state Representative Beth Kerttula, the preferred choice of Juneau-area Democrats, to the seat. The Democratic caucus in the Senate, in turn, refused to confirm Tim Grussendorf, who Palin appointed instead. Egan was offered the position as a compromise, as a political stalemate was brewing between Palin and the Democrats.

Egan was unopposed for election to a full term in 2010.[19][20]


Egan joined the Republican-led Senate majority in the 28th Senate, from 2013 to 2014, earning the chairmanship of the Transportation Committee.[21] He continued to vote with Democrats on several major bills, including Governor Sean Parnell's oil tax initiative in 2013,[22] and was not invited to an organizational meeting for the majority caucus after the 2014 election. In the 29th Senate, which began in 2015, he is a member of the Democratic minority caucus.[23]


Egan has long been interested in radio. During high school and after broadcast engineer training, he worked at KINY in the 1960s. From the 1980s until January 2010, he hosted Problem Corner, a Juneau-area call-in show.[5] He was the Alaska Broadcasters Association's Broadcaster of the Year in 1990, and selected for the association's Hall of Fame in 2001.[24]


  1. ^ Tower, Elizabeth A. (2003). Alaska's Homegrown Governor. Anchorage: Publication Consultants. p. 61. ISBN 1-888125-99-3. 
  2. ^ a b c CBJ Assembly members, 1970–present
  3. ^ Plenda, Melanie (2001-12-04). "Woman gets 45 days for forging Egan's name". Juneau Empire. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 
  4. ^ Dennis Egan "Problem Corner"
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h Brown, Cathy (1997-09-22). "Mayor's race: Political heir vs. novice". Juneau Empire. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 
  6. ^ Morrison, Eric (2006-07-02). "Parade grand marshals paved the way". Juneau Empire. Retrieved 2011-02-15. 
  7. ^ a b Chandonnet, Fernand (2000-11-19). "Mr. Mayor: Dennis Egan reflects on five years at the helm of Alaska's capital city". Juneau Empire. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 
  8. ^ Juneau, Alaska, regular election, 1989 results
  9. ^ Juneau, Alaska, regular election, 1992 results
  10. ^ Germain, David (1996-10-27). "Fund Manager Gives Away Cash: Rich or Poor, Alaskans Get Dividends". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 
  11. ^ "Election spending varies for Tuesday candidates". Juneau Empire. 1997-10-03. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 
  12. ^ Parmelee, Catherine. "More stores, ships as economy diversifies". Juneau Empire. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 
  13. ^ Tkacz, Bob (1997-08-27). "Picking Derby Winners: Ad promos and boosterism overshadow "The Voice of the Capital City"". Anchorage Press. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 
  14. ^ Juneau, Alaska, regular election, 1995 results
  15. ^ Juneau, Alaska, regular election, 1997 results
  16. ^ Mayors of the City of Juneau: 1970 – present
  17. ^ Juneau, Alaska, regular election, 2000 results
  18. ^;_ylt=AmXuhHBAKiR7UJUzNIr12Hg8KbIF
  19. ^ "Fourteen legislators will run unopposed". – Politics. Anchorage Daily News. June 2, 2010. Retrieved June 7, 2010. 
  20. ^ "2010 Candidate List". Division of Elections, State of Alaska. June 1, 2010. Retrieved June 7, 2010. 
  21. ^ Klint, Chris (November 9, 2012). "Dennis Egan Become 1st Democrat to Join State Senate Majority". KTUU. Retrieved January 21, 2015. 
  22. ^ Miller, Mark (March 20, 2013). "Senate passes oil tax bill in tight vote". Juneau Empire. Retrieved January 21, 2015. 
  23. ^ Moritz, Katie (November 7, 2014). "Egan to caucus with minority". Juneau Empire. Retrieved January 21, 2015. 
  24. ^ Alaska Broadcasters Association

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