Mike Dunleavy (politician)

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Mike Dunleavy
Senator Mike Dunleavy.jpg
12th Governor of Alaska
Assumed office
December 3, 2018
LieutenantKevin Meyer
Preceded byBill Walker
Member of the Alaska Senate
from the E district
In office
January 20, 2015 – January 15, 2018
Preceded byCharlie Huggins
Succeeded byMike Shower
Member of the Alaska Senate
from the D district
In office
January 14, 2013 – January 20, 2015
Preceded byJoe Thomas
Succeeded byCharlie Huggins
Personal details
Born (1961-05-05) May 5, 1961 (age 57)
Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Rose Dunleavy
Children3
ResidenceGovernor's Mansion (Juneau, Alaska)
EducationMisericordia University (BA)
University of Alaska Fairbanks (MEd)

Mike J. Dunleavy (born May 5, 1961) is an American politician who is the 12th and current governor of Alaska, since 2018. A Republican, Dunleavy was a member of the Alaska Senate from 2013 through 2018. Dunleavy defeated former Democratic United States Senator Mark Begich in the 2018 gubernatorial election.

Early life and education[edit]

Dunleavy is from Scranton, Pennsylvania. He completed a bachelor's degree in history at Misericordia University in 1983.[1] He earned his master's degree in education from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.[2]

Local elections[edit]

Dunleavy challenged incumbent Senator Linda Menard (redistricted from District G) for the District D August 28, 2012 Republican Primary and won with 2,802 votes (57.42%).[3] Dunleavy was unopposed for the November 6, 2012 general election and won with 11,724 votes (94.24%) against write-in candidates.[4]

Governor of Alaska[edit]

In 2017, Dunleavy announced he would run for governor in 2018, but abandoned the race in September 2017, citing heart problems.[5] In December 2017, Dunleavy announced his return to the race for governor.[6] He resigned his senate seat, effective January 15, 2018, in order to focus on his gubernatorial campaign.[7] Retired United States Air Force Lt. Colonel Mike Shower was chosen as his successor by Governor Bill Walker and confirmed by the Alaska Senate caucus after numerous replacement candidates were rejected by either.[8] Dunleavy and Kevin Meyer were the Republican nominees for governor and lieutenant governor of Alaska, respectively, and were elected in the November 2018 general election. Dunleavy was the first Governor elected in 2018 to be sworn in, on December 3, 2018.

Dunleavy appointed Kevin Clarkson to be Alaska Attorney General.[9]

Electoral history[edit]

2018 Alaska gubernatorial general election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Michael J. Dunleavy 145,631 51.44
Democratic Mark Begich 125,739 44.41
Independent Bill Walker (incumbent) (withdrawn) 5,757 2.03
Libertarian Billy Toien 5,402 1.91
2018 Alaska gubernatorial Republican primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Michael J. Dunleavy 39,193 61.79
Republican Mead Treadwell 20,230 31.89
Republican Michael D. Sheldon 1,408 2.22
Republican Merica Hlatcu 957 1.51
Republican Thomas A. Gordon 849 1.34
Republican Gerald L. Heikes 432 0.68
Republican Darin A. Colbry 363 0.57
2014 Alaska Senate District E general election[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Michael J. Dunleavy 9,058 64.65
Independent Warren Keogh 4,888 34.89
Write-in 65 0.46
2014 Alaska Senate District E Republican primary[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Michael J. Dunleavy 5,622 100
2012 Alaska Senate District D general election[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Michael J. Dunleavy 11,724 94.24
Write-in 716 5.76
2012 Alaska Senate District D Republican primary[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Michael J. Dunleavy 2,802 57.42
Republican Linda K. Menard 2,078 42.58

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.pahomepage.com/news/alaska-governor-elect-is-nepa-native/1581805965
  2. ^ "Senator Mike Dunleavy's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  3. ^ "State of Alaska 2012 Primary Election August 28, 2012 Official Results". Juneau, Alaska: State of Alaska Division of Elections. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  4. ^ "State of Alaska 2012 General Election November 6, 2012 Official Results". Juneau, Alaska: State of Alaska Division of Elections. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  5. ^ Dunleavy suspends campaign for Alaska governor as Huggins files to run, Alaska Dispatch News, Nathaniel Herz, September 12, 2017. Retrieved September 13, 2017.
  6. ^ Denleavy back in race for governor, Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, December 22, 2017.
  7. ^ State senator Mike Dunleavy resigns from Legislature to boost gubernatorial run, Juneau Empire, James Brooks, January 9, 2018.
  8. ^ Mike Shower confirmed to Dunleavy Senate seat, Alaska Public Media, Phillip Manning, February 22, 2018. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  9. ^ https://www.adn.com/politics/2018/12/05/dunleavy-announces-alaska-attorney-general-public-safety-and-prison-appointments/
  10. ^ "General Election Results". elections.alaska.go. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  11. ^ "Primary Election Results". elections.alaska.gov. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  12. ^ "General Election Results". elections.alaska.gov. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  13. ^ "Primary Election Results". elections.alaska.gov. Retrieved July 17, 2018.

External links[edit]

Party political offices
Preceded by
Sean Parnell
Republican nominee for Governor of Alaska
2018
Most recent
Political offices
Preceded by
Bill Walker
Governor of Alaska
2018–present
Incumbent