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Bill Walker

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Governor of Alaska (2014-2018)

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Bill Walker (Independent) is a former Governor of Alaska. Walker was defeated in the general election on November 6, 2018. Gov. Walker suspended his campaign for re-election on October 19, 2018. His name still appeared on the ballot. He released a statement saying, "With more time, I am confident that Val and I could deliver a message and a campaign that could earn a victory in this election. But there are only 18 days remaining before election day. Absentee ballots have already been mailed, and Alaskans are already voting. In the time remaining, I believe we cannot win a three-way race." Walker's former lieutenant governor and running mate, Byron Mallott (D), resigned from office on October 16, 2018. He was succeeded by Valerie Nurr'araaluk Davidson (I).

Walker was first elected to the office in 2014. He ran on the Alaska First Unity Ticket alongside running mate Byron Mallott in the general election. Walker was required to end his affiliation with the Republican Party as a condition of joining the consolidated ticket.

A longtime member of the GOP, Walker first sought the governor's office in 2010 on the Republican ticket and lost the party's primary nomination to incumbent Gov. Sean Parnell (R).

An Alaska native, Walker was born in Fairbanks and grew up in Delta Junction and Valdez. Following his graduation from Valdez High School in 1969, Walker left his home state for Portland, Ore., where he attended Lewis and Clark College and received a B.S. in business administration in 1973. In 1983, Walker graduated from the University of Puget Sound School of Law, which later changed its name to Seattle University.

Between college and law school, Walker made his first entrance into politics when he ran successfully for a seat on the Valdez City Council. Two years later, 27-year-old Walker became the youngest-ever mayor of Valdez in 1979.

Walker owned and practiced at Walker Richards LLC law firm from 1995 to 2014. He specialized in oil and gas law and municipal law. Prior to opening his firm with his wife, Walker was a managing partner for the firm of Hughes, Thorsness, Gantz, Powell, and Brundin and served as Municipal Law Department Chair.

Walker spent four years as a Trans-Alaska Pipeline construction worker and member of Alaska Laborers’, Carpenters’ and Teamsters’ Unions before founding his own Valdez-based construction company in 1975. His previous work experience included one year as a commercial fisherman.

Education

  • Valdez High School (1969)
  • B.S. in business administration - Lewis and Clark College, Portland (1973)
  • J.D. - University of Puget Sound School of Law (now Seattle University) (1983)