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Sean Parnell
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10th Governor of Alaska
In office
July 26, 2009 – December 1, 2014
Lieutenant Craig Campbell
Mead Treadwell
Preceded by Sarah Palin
Succeeded by Bill Walker
9th Lieutenant Governor of Alaska
In office
December 4, 2006 – July 26, 2009
Governor Sarah Palin
Preceded by Loren Leman
Succeeded by Craig Campbell
Member of the Alaska Senate
from the 1st district
In office
January 13, 1997 – January 13, 2001
Preceded by Steve Rieger
Succeeded by John Cowdery
Member of the Alaska House of Representatives
from the 17th district
In office
January 11, 1993 – January 12, 1997
Preceded by Constituency established
Succeeded by John Cowdery
Personal details
Sean Randall Parnell

November 19, 1962 (1962-11-19) (age 59)
Hanford, California, U.S.
Political party Republican (1980–present)
Sandra Scebold (m. 1987)
Children 2
Education Pacific Lutheran University (BA)
University of Puget Sound (JD)

Sean R. Parnell (born November 19, 1962) is an American politician. He served as the 12th Governor of Alaska from 2009 to 2014. Parnell assumed the office of governor on July 26, 2009 after Governor Sarah Palin resigned. He was sworn in at the Governor's Picnic in Fairbanks, Alaska. After finishing Palin's term, Parnell was elected to a full term as Governor in November 2010, becoming the first unelected Alaska Governor to be later elected in his own right. In 2014, he lost re-election to Independent Bill Walker.


Parnell went to Pacific Lutheran University (B.B.A. 1984) and University of Puget Sound School of Law (now Seattle University School of Law) (J.D. 1987). He is admitted to the bar in both Alaska and Washington D.C.

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