Governor Bill Walker and Lt. Governor Byron Mallott took office in December of 2014 as the first non-partisan administration in Alaska history. They are also the first Alaska-born Governor and Lt. Governor to serve together.
Byron Mallott was born in Yakutat, the ancestral home of his mother’s Tlingit clan. Yakutat remains the voting residence of the Lt. Governor and his wife Toni, who was born and raised in the Athabascan village of Rampart on the Yukon River. Together they have raised their blended family of five children. Their eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild live close by – a true blessing.
Mallott entered public life as mayor of Yakutat at age 22 and has since held many positions of responsibility in the public, private and non-profit sectors. He has served as the state’s first commissioner of community and regional affairs under Governor Bill Egan; president of the Alaska Federation of Natives; founding president of the First Alaskans Institute; trustee, chair and executive director of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation; and chair of the Nature Conservancy of Alaska.
In the private sector, Mallott has served as chair, president and CEO of Sealaska Corporation; served on the board of Alaska Air Group, and Bank of America subsidiary boards in Washington and Alaska; and as a director of the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco. Mallott has also been a small business owner and commercial fisherman. Mallott says his proudest service is as clan leader of the Tlingit Raven Kwaash Kee Kwaan Clan of Yakutat. The Mallott’ s spend as much time as possible with their children and grandchildren. They enjoy birding, hiking, fishing and boating in Alaska’s incredible outdoors, and traveling to visit friends and discover new places.
Duties of the Lieutenant Governor
As Lieutenant Governor of Alaska, Byron is responsible for
- the supervision of the Division of Elections,
- administering the Initiative, Referendum and Recall process,
- publishing the Alaska Administrative Code (regulations),
- commissioning Alaska’s Notaries Public,
- the oversight of the commercial and advertising use of the Alaska State Seal,
- publishing the Alaska Constitution,
- authenticating signatures of state officials on documents submitted to foreign countries, and
- the Alaska Online Public Notice System.
In addition to the those duties, he is also
- the Chair of the Alaska Historical Commission,
- the Chair of the Transboundary Working Group,
- a member of the State Committee on Research, and
- a member of the Alaska Workforce Investment Board.