Mat-Su Borough assemblyman appointed to vacant Senate District E seat

Governor Bill Walker today appointed Randall Kowalke of Willow to represent District E in the Alaska Senate.

Mr. Kowalke is a Republican who has served on the Mat-Su Borough Assembly since 2015, representing a district which encompasses Meadow Lakes, Talkeetna, Trapper Creek, and Willow. In addition to Mr. Kowalke’s background in public service, he is a retired businessman who worked in oilfield services, telecommunications, and an array of other sectors. He is a former director of the Alaska Support Industry Alliance and board member of the Resource Development Council.

“Randall is the best person to represent this district,” Governor Walker said. “He brings a wealth of perspective to the Senate at this critical moment in Alaska’s history, and will do an excellent job representing the values of the people of Senate District E.”

By law, when a legislative seat is vacated, the Governor has the authority to choose any resident of that district as a replacement so long as they are a member of the same political party of the previous representative. This replacement is subject to confirmation by a majority of members of the Senate who are in the same political party.