Sean Parnell is Alaska’s 10th Governor since
statehood. Sean Parnell was elected as Alaska’s
Lieutenant Governor in November, 2006 and became Governor
in July 2009 upon the surpise resignation of his
Palin. Sean Parnell ran for federal office and was
elected to the Alaska House of Representatives in 1992 at
the age of 29. He was re-elected in 1994 and then served
one term in the Alaska State Senate from 1996 to 2000.
Parnell served on the House Finance Committee, the Senate
Finance Committee, the Energy Council, and chaired
numerous budget sub-committees. He has been an attorney
since 1987 and is admitted to practice law in Alaska and
Sean Parnell arrived in Alaska in 1973 at the age of
10. He inherited his love of Alaska from his father, Pat
Parnell, who moved his wife (Thelma) and two sons to
Alaska after serving at Fort Richardson during statehood.
Pat Parnell served Alaska as an Anchorage Assembly Member
and as a member of the Alaska House of Representatives.
He modeled ethical political leadership for both his sons
and inspired his eldest to run for public office.
Parnell graduated from East Anchorage High School in
1980 and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration
degree from Pacific Lutheran University. He also earned a
doctorate of jurisprudence from University of Puget Sound
School of Law (now known as Seattle University School of
Law). Like his father before him, Lieutenant Governor
Parnell owned his own business for many years, a small
law practice located in Anchorage.
Sean Parnell married his wife, Sandy in 1987. They
reside in Anchorage with their two daughters.
Governor Sean Parnell of
Alaska with his family, wife Sandy, and daughters Grace,
and Rachel Parnell
Upon taking office as Govenor, Sean Parnell said his
administration will focus on two main priorities:
creating economic opportunity for safe, healthy families,
and ensuring a stable, steady economy for Alaska.