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Alaska Governor Sean Parnell

Sean Parnell- (b. November 19, 1962 )

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 predecessor Sarah 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 Washington D.C.

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

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.

Family, Career, and Personal Highlights

Pat Parnell --Father

Thelma Parnell - -Mother

Sandra "Sandy" Parnell --Wife (m. 1987)


Grace Parnell --Daughter

Rachel Parnell--Daughter


Hobbies and Interests:

Skiing, reading, fly-fishing, and running


Christian (member of ChangePoint Church in Anchorage)


Class of 1980: East Anchorage High School (Alaska)

1984: BA Business Administration, Pacific Lutheran University.

1987: JD Law, University of Puget Sound School of Law (now Seattle University School of Law)



1987-1992: Attorney at Law (owned small law practice)

2002-2003: Lobbyist, ConocoPhillips

2003: Deputy Director Alaska's Division of Oil and Gas

2005: Partner of the Patton Boggs law firm (Anchorage branch)


Political Career:

1992-1996: Alaska House of Representatives (2 terms)

1996-2000: State Senator (1 term)

2006 to July 2009: Lieutenant Governor of Alaska

2008: Ran in the Republican primary for U.S. House of Representatives against 18-term incumbent Don Young. Parnell lost.

July, 2009-Present: Governor of the State of Alaska (R).


Links and Resources on Alaska Governor Sean Parnell

The official website of Alaska Governor Sean Parnell

Sean Parnell-Wikipedia Article

Sean Parnell: Alaska's New Governor---Time Magazine, July28, 2009

Meet Sean Parnell (in which he talks about religion, Don Young, Twitter and various issues he faces as governor), July 28, 2009


Palin announcement an early start to weekend, July 3, 2009

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