Wife: Donna; 4 Children: Lindsay, Tessa, Adam, Jordan
- Candidate, Governor of Alaska, 2010, 2018
- Governor, State of Alaska, 2014-2018
- Mayor, City of Valdez, 1979-1980
- Member, Valdez City Council, 1978-1980
- Attorney/Owner, Walker Richards Limited Liability Company Law Firm, 1995- present
- Attorney/Owner, Walker and Levesque Limited Liability Company, 1995-present
- General Counsel, Alaska Gasline Port Authority, present
- Attorney, Hughes, Thorsness, Gantz, Powell, and Brundin, 1983-1995
- Owner, Bill Walker Construction Company, Valdez, 1975-1980
- Construction Worker, Trans-Alaska Pipeline, 1970-1974
- Commercial Fisherman, Prince William Sound, 1969
- American Bar Association, 9th Circuit
- President, Alaska Municipal Attorneys' Association
- Guest Speaker/Panel Member, Alaska Municipal League
- Member, Faith Christian Community Church, present
- Member, National Rifle Association
- Member, Pioneers of Alaska, Igloo #7
- American Bar Association, United States Supreme Court
- Member, 1st Presbyterian Church Anchorage, 1988-2007
- Logistics Volunteer, Christian Medical and Dental Association/Prison Fellowship International, 2007
- President/Charter Member, Prince William Sound Regional Citizens Advisory Council (RCAC), 1989-2001
- Youth Basketball/Soccer Coach, Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), 1992-1994
- School Board Member, Sonrise Christian School Anchorage, 1991-1993
- Alaska Bar Association, 1983
- Member, Organization for the Management of Alaska's Resources (OMAR), 1977-1978
- Member, Alaska Carpenters' Union, 1970-1974
- Member, Alaska Laborers' Union, 1970-1974
- Member, Alaska Teamsters' Union, 1970-1974
"And let us be sure that those who come after us will say of us, that we did everything that could be done. We finished the race. We kept Alaska strong. We kept the faith and put ALASKA FIRST!" -- Governor Walter J. Hickel
"We can win the future and we can hand down to our children and grandchildren an Alaska even better than the one that was given to us. I have never felt more strongly that Alaska's best days lie ahead."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future." -- John F. Kennedy
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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. Prior to its suspension, he was running a joint campaign with his former Lieutenant Governor, Byron Mallott (D). 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." 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.
- 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)