Byron Ivar Mallott (born April 6, 1943) is an American politician, elder, tribal activist and business executive from the state of Alaska. Mallott is an Alaska Native leader of Tlingit heritage and the leader of the Kwaash Ké Kwaan clan. He was lieutenant governor of Alaska, from December 2014 until his resignation on October 16, 2018. He also previously served as the Mayor of Yakutat, the Mayor of Juneau, the President of the Alaska Federation of Natives and the executive director of the Alaska Permanent Fund.
|12th Lieutenant Governor of Alaska|
December 1, 2014 – October 16, 2018
|Preceded by||Mead Treadwell|
|Succeeded by||Valerie Davidson|
|Mayor of Juneau|
October 4, 1994 – February 13, 1995
|Preceded by||Jamie Parsons|
|Succeeded by||Dennis Egan|
|Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Community and Regional Affairs|
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Succeeded by||Lee McAnerney|
|Mayor of Yakutat|
|Preceded by||J.B. Mallott|
|Succeeded by||Jerry Nelson|
Byron Ivar Mallott
April 6, 1943
Yakutat, Alaska, U.S.
|Political party||Independent (2014–present)|
|Residence||Juneau, Alaska, U.S.|
|Education||Sheldon Jackson High School|
Mallott was the Democratic nominee for Governor of Alaska in 2014, until he agreed to merge his campaign with that of Independent candidate Bill Walker and become Walker's running mate. Walker and Mallott won the election and were sworn in on December 1, 2014. In 2018, Mallott abruptly resigned after it was discovered he made inappropriate overtures to a woman.
Early life and political careerEdit
Mallott was born on April 6, 1943 in Yakutat, Territory of Alaska to J.B. and Emma Mallott. His father established a general store in a spare room of the family home in 1946. Byron spent most of his childhood living in Yakutat. He graduated from Sheldon Jackson High School and studied for several years at Western Washington State College.
His political career began unexpectedly in 1965. His father, who served as Yakutat's mayor for the vast majority of the position's existence (Yakutat incorporated as a city in 1948), died. He left college and returned to Yakutat, running to replace him, and won election. He was 22 years old at the time. He left office before the expiration of his term, taking a job in the office of Governor Bill Egan towards the end of Egan's first governorship. His job in the governor's office was focused on local government affairs, one of the few constitutionally mandated executive functions in Alaska.
After Egan was defeated for re-election by Walter Hickel in 1966, Mallott returned to Yakutat and served on the city council. He also served as a special assistant to U.S. Senator Mike Gravel during the early part of Gravel's first term.
After Egan was elected back to the governorship in 1970, Mallott went back to work in his office in 1971, where he was in charge of local affairs. This office was absorbed into the Alaska Department of Community and Regional Affairs when the legislature created the department the following year. Mallott became the department's first commissioner, serving until 1974.
During the 1970s, Mallott became a director of the newly formed Sealaska Corporation, eventually serving as chairman of the board, as well as president and CEO of the corporation. He retired from Sealaska as CEO in 1992.
Mallott became the executive director of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation in 1995. He had previously served on the corporation's board for eight years, including three years as chairman. He had also established a permanent fund for Sealaska shareholders during his tenure there, which had grown to a net worth of $100 million by the late 1990s.
Mayor of JuneauEdit
Incumbent mayor Jamie Parsons declined to seek re-election in 1994 after one term in office. Mallott was elected mayor of Juneau in that municipality's 1994 general election. He resigned the office a little over three months into his term, after he was chosen to head the APFC. Mallott faced harsh criticism when he initially announced that he could handle serving in both positions, leading to changing his mind and resigning the mayoral position. Mallott was succeeded as mayor by deputy mayor Dennis Egan.
Other posts heldEdit
- President of the Alaska Federation of Natives. He has also been awarded as "Citizen of the Year" by AFN.
- Executive director of the Rural Alaska Community Action Program (1970)
- Chair of the Nature Conservancy of Alaska
- Board of Directors of the Alaska Public Radio Network
- Co-chair of the Alaska Commission on Rural Governance and Empowerment, appointed by Governor Tony Knowles.
- Director of the Alaska Commercial Fisheries and Agriculture Bank
- Co-chair of the re-election campaign of Senator Lisa Murkowski during the 2010 election
2014 gubernatorial electionEdit
Mallott announced on September 2, 2013, that he was running for the Democratic nomination for Governor of Alaska in the 2014 election. He won the Democratic gubernatorial primary with 80% of the vote on August 19, 2014.
Independent candidate Bill Walker and Mallott merged their campaigns on September 2 to appear on the November ballot as one independent campaign, which the Alaska Democratic Party endorsed. On this ticket, Walker ran for Governor with Mallott as his running mate. Both candidates' respective prior running mates withdrew. They won the election on November 4, 2014, as there was a recount due to a close election result.
2018 gubernatorial electionEdit
They faced the Republican ticket headed by state senator Mike Dunleavy and the Democratic ticket headed by former senator Mark Begich, until Mallott's resignation from office on October 16 and Bill Walker's eventual campaign suspension on October 19 (Walker briefly ran with acting lieutenant governor Valerie Davidson after Mallott resigned).
Mallott resigned his post as Lieutenant Governor on October 16, 2018, citing "inappropriate comments" that he had made to a woman whom Governor Walker refused to name. He was succeeded as lieutenant governor by Valerie Davidson, the former commissioner of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.
Mallott has been married for several decades to Antoinette Mallott, a retired schoolteacher who spent most of her career teaching elementary grades in the Juneau School District. They have five children. Byron and Toni Mallott currently live in the West Juneau neighborhood of Juneau, located on Douglas Island near downtown Juneau.
|Alaska Gubernatorial Democratic Primary Election, 2014|
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- Media related to Byron Mallott at Wikimedia Commons
J. B. Mallott
| Mayor of Yakutat
|New office|| Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Community and Regional Affairs
| Mayor of Juneau
| Lieutenant Governor of Alaska
|Party political offices|
| Democratic nominee for Governor of Alaska