Dunleavy announces Rep. Laddie Shaw as replacement for Senate Seat M

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Gov. Mike Dunleavy appointed Rep. Laddie Shaw to replace the late-Sen. Chris Birch, who passed away in August. Dunleavy said he would "be a great fit for District M."

Laddie Shaw (Photo from Alaska Legislature)

Current District 26 Republican Laddie Shaw is a Navy SEAL veteran who served two tours in Vietnam. He is a member of the Alaska House Republicans minority caucus, which largely supported Gov. Dunleavy's budget vetoes. He participated in the controversial Wasilla special session called by Dunleavy in July.

"I think he's the right person for the job," said Dunleavy. He also pointed out that since Shaw has been confirmed, there will be a vacancy in the House of Representatives and the process will start all over again.

The other candidates Dunleavy considered were:

Dave Donley
Donley, who grew up in Spenard and graduated from Dimond High, currently serves on the Anchorage School Board. He was tapped for the role of deputy commissioner in the Department of Administration by Dunleavy in January. He also served in the State House from 1987 to 1992 and the State Senate from 1993 to 2003. In March of this year, he proposed that the Anchorage School District be required to play the state and national anthems before the start of each school week.

Albert Fogle
A former Republican candidate for House District 26, who lost the primary in 2018. According to Ballotpedia, he is the president of the Alaska Association of Health Underwriters. In January, he was appointed by Dunleavy to the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) and Alaska Energy Authority (AEA).

The governor previously stated that he would be reviewing candidates prior to a decision and considering " history and involvement in District M, civic engagement and relative experience, integrity and commitment to following the law, and viewpoints on policies such as government spending, resource and economic development, the Permanent Fund Dividend, and other issues that will impact Alaska residents beyond just District M," when making the decision.

The decision now goes to the 12 Senate Republicans for confirmation. Senate President Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, said that the confirmation will not happen until after the weekend.

“Due to various scheduling conflicts, Senate Republicans will not meet to consider the governor’s appointment until after Labor Day weekend," she said in a statement.

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