August 30, 2019 (Anchorage, AK) – Alaska Governor Michael J. Dunleavy today in a Facebook Live address to Alaskans announced his appointment of Laddie Shaw to Senate District M, formerly held by the late Senator Chris Birch. Representative Laddie Shaw was elected to District 26 of the Alaska House of Representatives in November 2018, and has an exceptional record of service to his community, the State of Alaska, and the United States of America.
“Those of you who know Laddie know he’s a Vietnam veteran, Navy SEAL, has been involved in government on the State level – served our country, served our state. He is currently a Representative for District 26, so Laddie has the experience and has the desire to serve Senate District M as their Senator,” announced Governor Dunleavy in a Facebook Live address to Alaskans. “We talked about a lot of things – Laddie was elected with 62% in his district when he was running for the House. Laddie and I had a conversation about his view of government, his view of public service, and I think it’s going to be a really good fit for District M. I would ask and I would urge the Senate Republicans to give him due consideration during this process. I think he’s the right person for the job. As I mentioned, Albert Fogle, Dave Donley, the names that were sent to me – very good people, very tough decision. There were other folks that applied for this through the district, very good people. I want to thank District M for the process that they went through, I want to thank all the people that applied for this job.”
If Senate Republicans confirm Representative Laddie Shaw to fill the Senate District M seat, a process will begin to fill the House District 26 seat vacated by Shaw.
Additional Background Information:
Last week, Governor Dunleavy said he takes seriously his role in filling this vacancy and would conduct a thorough and complete review before making a final determination by the end of August.
Governor Dunleavy said he would consider many different areas and criteria in making this decision, including: history and involvement in District M, civic engagement and relative experience, integrity and commitment to following the law, and viewpoints on policies such as government spending, resource and economic development, the Permanent Fund Dividend, and other issues that will impact Alaska residents beyond just District M.