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Byron Mallott

Byron Mallott
12th Lieutenant Governor of Alaska
Assumed office
December 1, 2014
Governor Bill Walker
Preceded by Mead Treadwell
Mayor of Juneau
In office
October 4, 1994 – February 13, 1995
Preceded by Jamie Parsons
Succeeded by Dennis Egan
Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Community and Regional Affairs
In office
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Lee McAnerney
Mayor of Yakutat
In office
Preceded by JB Mallott
Succeeded by Jerry Nelson
Personal details
Born (1943-04-06) April 6, 1943
Yakutat, Alaska, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Western Washington University
Website Official website

Byron I. Mallott (born April 6, 1943) is an American politician and business executive from the state of Alaska. Mallott is an Alaska Native leader of Tlingit heritage. He is the 12th and current Lieutenant Governor of Alaska and previously served as the Mayor of Yakutat, the Mayor of Juneau, the President of the Alaska Federation of Natives and the executive director of the Alaska Permanent Fund.

Mallott was the Democratic nominee for Governor of Alaska in 2014,[1] until he agreed to merge his campaign with that of Independent candidate Bill Walker and become Walker's running mate. Walker and Mallott won the election and were sworn-in in December 2014.

Early life and political career

Byron I. Mallott was born on April 6, 1943 in Yakutat, Alaska to J. B. and Emma Mallott. His father established a general store in a spare room of the family home in 1946. Byron spent most of his childhood living in Yakutat.[2] He graduated from Sheldon Jackson High School and studied for several years at Western Washington State College.

His political career began unexpectedly in 1965. His father, who served as Yakutat's mayor for the vast majority of the position's existence (Yakutat incorporated as a city in 1948),[3] died. He left college and returned to Yakutat, running to replace him, and won election.[2] He was 22 years old at the time.[4] He left office before the expiration of his term, taking a job in the office of Governor Bill Egan towards the end of Egan's first governorship. His job in the governor's office was focused on local government affairs, one of the few constitutionally mandated executive functions in Alaska.[2]

After Egan was defeated for re-election by Walter Hickel in 1966, Mallott returned to Yakutat and served on the city council. He also served as a special assistant to U.S. Senator Mike Gravel during the early part of Gravel's first term.[5]

After Egan was elected back to the governorship in 1970, Mallott went back to work in his office in 1971, where he was in charge of local affairs. This office was absorbed into the Alaska Department of Community and Regional Affairs when the legislature created the department the following year. Mallott became the department's first commissioner, serving until 1974.

Business career

During the 1970s, Mallott became a director of the newly formed Sealaska Corporation, eventually serving as chairman of the board, as well as president and CEO of the corporation. He retired from Sealaska as CEO in 1992.[4]

Mallott became the executive director of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation in 1995.[2] He had previously served on the corporation's board for eight years, including three years as chairman.[2] He had also established a permanent fund for Sealaska shareholders during his tenure there, which had grown to a net worth of $100 million by the late 1990s.[4]

Mayor of Juneau

Mallott was elected mayor of Juneau in that municipality's 1994 general election. He resigned the office a little over three months into his term, after he was chosen to head the APFC. Mallott faced harsh criticism when he initially announced that he could handle serving in both positions, leading to changing his mind and resigning the mayoral position. Mallott was succeeded as mayor by deputy mayor Dennis Egan.

Other posts held

Mallott has also served as:[6][7]

He was also awarded an honorary doctorate in humanities by the University of Alaska.[4]

2014 gubernatorial election

On September 2, 2013, Mallott announced that he was running for the Democratic nomination for Governor of Alaska in the 2014 election.[8] On August 19, 2014, he won the Democratic gubernatorial primary with 80% of the vote.[1] He won the Democratic primary on August 19 2014 with 66.85% of the vote.

On September 2, independent candidate Bill Walker and Mallott merged their campaigns to appear on the November ballot as one independent campaign, which the Alaska Democratic Party endorsed. On this ticket, Walker ran for Governor with Mallott as his running mate. Both candidates' respective prior running mates withdrew.[9] They won the election on November 14, 2014, as there was a recount due to a close election result.

Personal life

Byron Mallott has been married for several decades to Antoinette "Toni",[5] a retired schoolteacher who spent most of her career teaching elementary grades in the Juneau School District. They have five children. Byron and Toni Mallott currently live in the West Juneau neighborhood of Juneau, located on Douglas Island near downtown Juneau.


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Political offices
Preceded by
J. B. Mallott
Mayor of Yakutat
Succeeded by
Jerry Nelson
New office Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Community and Regional Affairs
Succeeded by
Lee McAnerney
Preceded by
Jamie Parsons
Mayor of Juneau
Succeeded by
Dennis Egan
Preceded by
Mead Treadwell
Lieutenant Governor of Alaska
Party political offices
Preceded by
Ethan Berkowitz
Democratic nominee for Governor of Alaska

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