Mike Dunleavy (politician)
|14th Governor of Alaska|
|Assumed office |
December 3, 2018
|Preceded by||Bill Walker|
|Member of the Alaska Senate|
from the E district
D district (2013–2015)
January 15, 2013 – January 15, 2018
|Succeeded by||Mike Shower|
Michael James Dunleavy
May 5, 1961
Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Political party||Republican (1984–present)|
|Education||Misericordia University (B.A.)|
University of Alaska Fairbanks (M.E.d.)
Michael James Dunleavy (born May 5, 1961) is an American politician who is the 12th governor of Alaska, serving since December 3, 2018. A Republican, Dunleavy was a member of the Alaska Senate from 2013 to 2018. He defeated former Democratic United States Senator Mark Begich in the 2018 gubernatorial election after Bill Walker dropped out.
Early life and education
Dunleavy is from Scranton, Pennsylvania. He completed a bachelor's degree in history at Misericordia University in 1983. He earned his master's degree in education from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He moved to Alaska in 1983 and pursued a career as a teacher, school principal and school district superintendent. Prior to his election to the Alaska Senate, Dunleavy served on the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Board, including two years as the board's president.
Dunleavy challenged incumbent State Senator Linda Menard (redistricted from District G) for the District D August 28, 2012 Republican Primary and won with 2,802 votes (57.42%). He was unopposed in the November 6 general election and won with 11,724 votes (94.24%) against write-in candidates.
Governor of Alaska
In 2017 Dunleavy announced he would run for governor in 2018, but abandoned the race in September 2017, citing heart problems. In December 2017 he announced his return to the race. He resigned his senate seat effective January 15, 2018, to focus on his campaign. Retired United States Air Force Lt. Colonel Mike Shower was chosen as his successor by Governor Bill Walker and confirmed by the Alaska Senate caucus after numerous replacement candidates were rejected.
Dunleavy and Kevin Meyer were the Republican nominees for governor and lieutenant governor of Alaska, respectively, and were elected in the November 2018 general election. Dunleavy was the first governor elected in 2018 to be sworn in, on December 3, 2018. He appointed Kevin Clarkson to be Alaska Attorney General.
On June 28, 2019, Dunleavy exercised line-item veto authority as governor to make cuts of $433 million, including a cut of $130 million (41%) of state contributions to the University of Alaska. The same day, he also vetoed $335,000 from the budget of the Alaska Supreme Court, saying it was a punitive measure because the Court had upheld the constitutionality of abortions. On July 15, 2019, an effort to recall Dunleavy began after major public backlash over his cuts to public assistance, education and the University of Alaska. Alaska state law requires recalls be sponsored by three primary recall committee members. The Dunleavy recall committee is led by Joseph Usibelli, chairman of Usibelli Coal Mine, Inc.; Arliss Sturgulewski, former Republican Alaska state senator from Anchorage; and Victor Fischer, the last surviving delegate to the Alaska state constitutional convention. A petition to acquire signatures for the recall began on August 1 in several locations across the state. In order to be certified by the Division of Elections, this petition must have 28,500 signatures, equivalent to about 10% of the voting population in Alaska's last general election. As of August 10 the campaign claimed to have reached 18,000 signatures.
|Independent||Bill Walker (inc.) (withdrawn)||5,757||2.03%||-46.07%|
|Republican gain from Independent|
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- Election results
|Party political offices|
| Republican nominee for Governor of Alaska
| Governor of Alaska
|U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)|
as Vice President
| Order of Precedence of the United States
Mayor of city
in which event is held
Otherwise Nancy Pelosi
as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
as Governor of Arizona
| Order of Precedence of the United States
as Governor of Hawaii