Byron Mallott was the independent Lieutenant Governor of Alaska from 2014 to 2018. He was first elected in 2014 on the Alaska First Unity Ticket with Bill Walker, and assumed office on December 1, 2014.
Mallott resigned from office on October 16, 2018. He released a statement saying, "It is a resignation compelled by inappropriate comments I made that placed a person whom I respect and revere in a position of vulnerability….I take full responsibility for this action and apologize to, and seek healing for, the person I hurt." Mallott's name remained on the general election ballot for re-election on November 6, 2018.
Mallott launched his campaign for Governor of Alaska on October 15, 2013, and won the Democratic nomination in the Alaska Democratic-Libertarian-Independence (ADL) primary the following August. On September 1, the Alaska Democratic Party rejected Mallott as their gubernatorial nominee and voted to support a newly-formed Alaska First Unity Party ticket with independent (formerly Republican) Bill Walker for governor and Mallott in the lieutenant governor slot. Upon joining the independent unity ticket, Walker had to change his party registration from Republican to Undeclared, while Mallott was allowed to stay a Democrat.
Before becoming the state's lieutenant governor, Mallott was director of Alaska Communications Systems.
At 22 years old, Mallott was elected mayor of his hometown of Yakutat. He later served as mayor of Juneau, the state's capital. He is a former executive director of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, president of the Alaska Federation of Natives and head of Alaska Public Radio Network.
According to his biography from the lieutenant governor's website in 2015, Mallott had experience in several industries and disciplines typical of Alaskan culture, including "commercial fishing, aviation, timber, communications, banking, Alaska Native Corporations and investments."