Anchorage – Today, former State Senator Mike Dunleavy was sworn in as the 12th Governor of the State of Alaska during a ceremony in the Western Alaska community of Kotzebue. During the same ceremony, former State Senator Kevin Meyer was sworn in as Lieutenant Governor. The current Speaker of the House and the State Representative who represents Kotzebue released the following statements after today’s ceremony.
“I met Governor Dunleavy almost 30 years ago when he was Vice Principal of our elementary school, and I applaud his decision to hold his swearing-in ceremony in Northwest Alaska,” said Rep. John Lincoln (D-Kotzebue). “On the trail to Noorvik this morning, I was reminded once again of how beautiful our region is and how grateful I am to call it home. The recent earthquake and other weather challenges forced a change of plans and demonstrated the humility, adaptability, and togetherness that life in rural Alaska instills in people. I look forward to working with Governor Dunleavy with the same spirit to address the needs and opportunities in our district, other rural areas, and all of Alaska. Congratulations to Governor Dunleavy, the Frist Lady, and their entire family. And a special thank you to Noorvik for hosting a wonderful event.”
“I would like to offer my congratulations to Governor Dunleavy. In the coming months, we will identify opportunities to find common ground and address the challenges facing Alaska. I look forward to working with the new Governor on legislation and policies to put Alaskans first and to grow our state into the future,” said Speaker of the House Rep. Bryce Edgmon (D-Dillingham).
For more information, please contact Alaska House Majority Coalition Press Secretary Mike Mason at (907) 444-0889.