Meet Sean Parnell. He’s been called a ‘competent conservative’ and he will become the 12th Governor of Alaska on July 26, 2009 replacing Sarah Palin who has resigned. Read his biography below, see photos and a video.
Sean Parnell, currently the Lieutenant Governor of Alaska, will be sworn in at the ‘Governor’s Picnic’ held every year in Fairbanks. You can read the official statement from the Governor of Alaska’s office here about the transfer of power. And wasting no time whatsoever, Sean Parnell has announced that he will run for Governor of Alaska in 2010 after serving out the remainder of Sarah Palin’s term.
Sean R. Parnell was born on November 19, 1962 in Hanford, California so his age is 46. His father moved Sean, his brother and mom to Alaska in 1973 when he was 10 years old. He graduated from East Anchorage High School in 1980, and earn a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Pacific Lutheran University, as well as a doctorate of jurisprudence from University of Puget Sound School of Law (now known as Seattle University School of Law).
Sean Parnell is a family man. He has been married to his wife Sandy for 21 years. They live in Anchorage, Alaska with their daughters, Grace and Rachel. They are a close knit family that enjoys running, hiking, fly-fishing, playing volleyball and soccer, and staying involved in their church and community.
Sean has been an attorney since 1987 and is admitted to practice in Alaska and Washington, D.C. He has owned his own business for a number of years, a small law practice located in downtown Anchorage.
Conservative politics seem to run in the Parnell family. Sean’s dad, Pat, was a member of the Alaska House of Representatives so in 1992, Sean was elected to the Alaska State House of Representatives. After serving two terms in the House, Sean was elected to the Alaska State Senate. His areas of responsibility included the Senate Finance Committee and as a member of the Energy Council.
In 2006, after campaigning on a theme of “Alaskans Free of Fear-Alaskans with Hope and Opportunity,” Sean Parnell was elected as Lieutenant Governor of Alaska, serving with Governor Sarah Palin.
On July 26, 2009, Republican Sean Parnell will become the 12th Governor of Alaska, replacing Sarah Palin who resigned on July 3rd. He will run for a full term as governor in 2010. You can see more photos and a video about ‘Sean Parnell, Alaska Governor: Sarah Palin’s Replacement’ below.
Sean Parnell Video