Sean Parnell is Alaska’s 10th Governor. Parnell was elected as Alaska’s Lieutenant Governor in November, 2006 and ascended to the office of Governor in July 2009.
Sean Parnell was elected to the Alaska House of Representatives in 1992 at the age of 29. He was reelected in 1994 and served one term in the Alaska State Senate from 1996 to 2000. Parnell served on the House Finance Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, the Energy Council, and chaired numerous budget subcommittees. He has been an attorney since 1987 and is admitted to practice law in Alaska and Washington D.C.
Sean Parnell arrived in Alaska in 1973 at the age of 10. He inherited his love of Alaska from his father, Pat Parnell, who moved his wife (Thelma) and two sons to Alaska after serving at Fort Richardson during statehood. Pat Parnell served Alaska as an Anchorage Assembly Member and as a member of the Alaska House of Representatives. He modeled ethical political leadership for both his sons and inspired his eldest to run for public office.
Parnell graduated from East Anchorage High School in 1980 and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Pacific Lutheran University. He also earned a doctorate of jurisprudence from University of Puget Sound School of Law (now known as Seattle University School of Law). Like his father before him, Lieutenant Governor Parnell owned his own business for many years, a small law practice located in Anchorage.
Sean Parnell married his wife, Sandy in 1987. They reside in Anchorage with their two daughters.
The Parmell administration is focused on two priorities; creating economic opportunity and safe, healthy families. Parnell is devoted to ensuring a stable, steady economy and to helping Alaskans build a good life in the 49th state.