Arliss Sturgulewski

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Arliss Sturgulewski
Member of the Alaska Senate
from District F-A
In office
Preceded byW E Brad Bradley[1]
Succeeded byDrue Pearce[2]
Member of the Alaska Senate
from District H
In office
Preceded byJoseph L. Orsini[3]
Succeeded byRick Halford
Personal details
Born (1927-09-27) September 27, 1927 (age 91)
Blaine, Washington, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationUniversity of Washington,

Jane Arliss Sturgulewski (née Wright; born September 27, 1927) is a retired businesswoman and Republican politician from the U.S. state of Alaska. In a political career in which she started appearing in the spotlight in 1975, she represented Anchorage in the Alaska Senate from 1979 to 1993. Twice during off-years in re-election to her four-year Senate term (in 1986 and 1990), she won the Republican nomination for governor of Alaska against mostly conservative opposition in blanket primaries. The second time, in 1990, she came out in third place behind Walter Hickel and runner up Tony Knowles, which was the second of three times in Alaska's history a major-party nominee placed third. She won a 2000 Anchorage Athena award.[4]


Sturgulewski greeting President Ronald Reagan in 1986
Sturgulewski greeting President George H. W. Bush in 1990

Arliss Sturgulewski received a BA in Economics and Business from the University of Washington and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from University of Alaska Anchorage in 1993.

Arliss has served on many municipal boards. She was elected to the Anchorage Charter Commission, the Anchorage Assembly, and to the Alaska State Senate from 1979 through 1993. Sturgulewski originally ran for an open Senate seat in 1978 when one-term Republican incumbent Joseph Orsini, an engineering professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage, did not seek re-election. Sturgulewski defeated Democratic nominee Bruce Kendall, who had defected to the Democrats since leaving the legislature over a decade prior. Mostly easily re-elected ever since, she chose not to stand for re-election in 1992.[5]

In 1986 and 1990, she won the Republican primary for governor. In 1990, her running mate Jack Coghill defected to the third party candidate Walter J. Hickel. There was opposition within the Republican party to her abortion rights and development positions.[6]

She is a trustee for the University of Alaska Foundation, and serves on the Advisory Council for the University of Alaska, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, in addition to numerous other statewide boards and commissions.[7]

Her papers are held at University of Alaska Anchorage.[8]

Her husband, Bernard Sturgulewski, died in a plane crash in 1968. Their only child, Bernard Jr. (nicknamed "Roe") is married to Carol Murkowski, the oldest of the six children of Nancy and Frank Murkowski (and the older sister of U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski).


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  4. ^ Archived from the original on January 24, 2007. Retrieved June 19, 2011. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Alaska Federation of Republican Women". Retrieved 2013-08-25.
  6. ^ "Alaska G.O.P. Nominee Abandons the Ticket". The New York Times. September 22, 1990.
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  8. ^ "Arliss Sturgulewski | Archives & Special Collections". 2010-06-07. Retrieved 2013-08-25.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Tom Fink
Republican nominee for Governor of Alaska
1986, 1990
Succeeded by
Jim Campbell