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.

List of lieutenant governors[edit]


      Alaskan Independence       Democratic       Republican

Image Lieutenant Governor Party Term Governor(s) served under
No image.svg Hugh Wade Democratic January 3, 1959–December 5, 1966 William A. Egan
No image.svg Keith Miller[2] Republican December 5, 1966–January 29, 1969 Walter J. Hickel
No image.svg Robert W. Ward[3] Republican January 29, 1969–December 7, 1970 Keith Miller
Red Boucher signature.jpg H. A. "Red" Boucher Democratic December 7, 1970–December 2, 1974 William A. Egan
Lowell Thomas, Jr. signature 76gen.JPG Lowell Thomas, Jr. Republican December 2, 1974–December 4, 1978 Jay Hammond
Terry Miller signature 82prm.JPG Terry Miller Republican December 4, 1978–December 6, 1982 Jay Hammond
Steve McAlpine and Ernie Piper.jpg Steve McAlpine Democratic December 6, 1982–December 3, 1990 Bill Sheffield
Steve Cowper
JackCoghillatGovernorsPicnic2009.jpg Jack Coghill Alaskan Independence December 3, 1990–December 5, 1994 Walter J. Hickel
Fran Ulmer cropped.jpg Fran Ulmer Democratic December 5, 1994–December 2, 2002 Tony Knowles
LorenLeman.jpg Loren Leman Republican December 2, 2002–December 4, 2006 Frank Murkowski
Former Governor of Alaska Sean Parnell.jpg Sean Parnell[4] Republican December 4, 2006–July 26, 2009 Sarah Palin
Campbell Final 2009(8x12-72ppi).jpg Craig Campbell[5] Republican August 10, 2009–December 6, 2010 Sean Parnell
Mead Treadwell, Photo 1.jpg Mead Treadwell Republican December 6, 2010–December 1, 2014 Sean Parnell
Byron Mallott inaugural speech.jpg Byron Mallott Democratic December 1, 2014–present Bill Walker

Living former U.S. Lieutenant Governors of Alaska[edit]

As of December 2014, there are nine former U.S. lieutenant governors of Alaska who are currently living at this time. The oldest U.S. lieutenant governor being Lowell Thomas, Jr. (1974–1978, born 1923). The most recent death of a former U.S. lieutenant governor of Alaska was that of H. A. Boucher (1970–1974), on June 19, 2009. The most recently serving U.S. lieutenant governor of Alaska to die was Terry Miller (1978–1982), on April 13, 1989.

Lt. Governor Lt. Gubernatorial term Date of birth (and age)
Keith H. Miller 1966–1969 (1925-03-01) March 1, 1925 (age 90)
Lowell Thomas, Jr. 1974–1978 (1923-10-06) October 6, 1923 (age 92)
Stephen McAlpine 1982–1990 (1949-05-23) May 23, 1949 (age 66)
Jack Coghill 1990–1994 (1925-09-24) September 24, 1925 (age 90)
Fran Ulmer 1994–2002 (1947-02-01) February 1, 1947 (age 68)
Loren Leman 2002–2006 (1950-12-02) December 2, 1950 (age 64)
Sean Parnell 2006–2009 (1962-11-19) November 19, 1962 (age 53)
Craig Campbell 2009–2010 (1952-03-24) March 24, 1952 (age 63)
Mead Treadwell 2010–2014 (1956-03-21) March 21, 1956 (age 59)


  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.