Monday, December 3, 2018 – Governor Mike Dunleavy took the oath of office today becoming the 12th Governor of the State of Alaska. Standing by his side during the ceremony in Kotzebue were First Lady Rose Dunleavy and daughters Catherine and Ceil Ann. The swearing-in was originally planned to take place in Noorvik but, in classic Alaska fashion, thick fog over Noorvik diverted the flight to Kotzebue.
Today’s ceremony also marked the first time a U.S. governor was sworn into office above the Arctic Circle, reflecting Governor Dunleavy’s deep appreciation and close personal ties to the land and people of rural Alaska.
Governor Dunleavy was elected to be an agent of change. His administration’s core priorities are to make Alaska safe again, preserve the Permanent Fund Dividend program on behalf of every Alaskan, reduce state spending, get the economy moving again, champion rural schools, and uphold constitutional rights.
The Governor and First Lady return to Anchorage later this afternoon before traveling to Juneau for the open house at the Governor’s residence.