Alaska’s 10th Governor, Sean Parnell was elected as lieutenant governor in November 2006, became governor in July 2009, and was re-elected in November of 2010.
Governor Parnell first served in the Alaska House of Representatives in 1992 at the age of 29. He was re-elected in 1994 and served one term in the Alaska State Senate from 1996 to 2000. Governor Parnell was an active member on the House Finance Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, the Energy Council, and chaired numerous budget subcommittees.
In 1973, Governor Parnell came to Alaska at the age of 10, when his father, Pat, was stationed at Fort Richardson. Pat served as an Anchorage assembly member and as a member of the Alaska House of Representatives. Governor Parnell was inspired to run for public office by his father and mother who instilled strong ethical values in their sons.
Governor Parnell graduated from East Anchorage High School in 1980. He went on to earn a bachelor of business administration degree from Pacific Lutheran University. He also earned a Juris Doctorate from University of Puget Sound School of Law (now known as Seattle University School of Law). For many years, Governor Parnell owned a small law practice located in Anchorage, and since 1987, he has been an attorney and licensed to practice law in Alaska and Washington, DC.
Married to his wife, Sandy, since 1987, they have two daughters, Grace and Rachel and a yellow lab, Annie. In 2010, the Parnell family moved to Juneau, and enjoy many of the activities Alaska has to offer; hiking, camping, fishing, and skiing. During the 2010 legislative session, the Parnell Administration successfully pursued creating economic opportunities and establishing safe and healthy families in Alaska. Through legislation creating infrastructure projects, gasline development, and a competitive tax climate for tourism, Governor Parnell worked with the Legislature to boost Alaska’s economy. Another project Governor
Parnell has shaped with the Alaska State Legislature is the Alaska Performance Scholarship, a program designed to incentivize Alaska’s youth for greater academic performance and empower students to pursue higher education through college or technical training. Finally, Governor Parnell is committed to ending the epidemic of domestic violence and sexual assault that has existed in Alaska. In 2010, the Parnell Administration joined Alaskans across the state to challenge Alaskans to “Choose Respect” through a statewide campaign and effort that is continuing.
Governor Parnell is devoted to ensuring a stable economy and helping Alaskans build a positive future in the 49th state.