FOR ALASKA 2018
"As a lifelong Alaskan, I have not only studied the history and issues that have shaped Alaska, I have lived them. From statehood to earthquake to pipeline boom to oil spill to gas-line pursuit, I've been an active participant. For the past four years I've been honored to serve as Governor and to work for what is best for our state, through difficult times. Alaska is my beloved home, and its frontier spirit pulses through my blood. I am ready to continue the charge. Join me in this effort once again. Together, we will write the next great chapter for the Great Land."
- Governor Bill Walker
Governor Bill Walker was born in Fairbanks and raised in Delta Junction and Valdez. His parents, Ed and Francis Walker, were Alaskan pioneers. Ed Walker was an Alaskan Scout with Castner’s Cutthroats in the Aleutians in WWII, and his mother worked on the Alcan Highway project. As a family, the Walkers celebrated Alaska Statehood in 1959, survived the 1964 Earthquake, and worked together in the family construction and hotel businesses.
Governor Walker also worked as a carpenter, teamster and laborer on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline construction to pay for his education. He earned his bachelor of science degree in business management from Lewis and Clark College and his juris doctor from the University of Puget Sound School of Law (now Seattle University). Prior to taking office, Governor Walker and his wife, Donna, owned a law firm that focused on municipal and oil and gas law.
Married since 1977, the Walkers have four children, and five grandchildren. Governor Walker is an avid downhill skier and enjoys fishing, boating, snow-machining, campfires with the family at the lake, and taking the grandkids ice skating.
Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott was born in Yakutat, the ancestral home of his mother’s Tlingit clan. Yakutat remains the family home of the Lt. Governor and his wife Toni, born and raised in the Athabascan village of Rampart on the Yukon River. Together they have raised their family of five children, with eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild now living close by – a true blessing.
Mallott entered public life as Mayor of Yakutat at age 22 and has since held many leadership roles in the public and private sectors. He served as the state’s first Commissioner of Community and Regional Affairs, President of the Alaska Federation of Natives; founding president of the First Alaskans Institute; Executive Director of the Permanent Fund Corporation; and Chair of the Alaska Nature Conservancy.
In the private sector, Mallott has served as President and CEO of Sealaska Corporation; on the board of Alaska Air Group, and as a director of the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank. Mallott has also been a business owner and commercial fisherman. Mallott says his proudest service is as clan leader of the Tlingit Raven Kwaash Kee Kwaan Clan of Yakutat.