Juneau, Alaska (KINY) An executive with an Alaska native corporation was selected by Alaska Governor Bill Walker to fill the house seat formerly held by Dean Westlake, who resigned over sexual harassment claims in December.
Governor Walker on Wednesday appointed John Agnaqluk Lincoln of Kotzebue to represent House District 40 in the Alaska House of Representatives.
Mr. Lincoln is a native of Kotzebue. He is vice president of the NANA Regional Corporation and currently oversees and manages NANA lands. He is a Inupiat, and was valedictorian for the class of 1999 at Kotzebue High School. He also holds a bachelor's degree from Stanford University.
Lincoln previously worked as an EMT for the Kotzebue Volunteer Fire Department.
Governor Walker expressed confidence in Mr. Lincoln, "Just like the Democratic Party officials in House District 40. I set out to identify the person who is best prepared to lead at this pivotal moment in Alaska's history. I thank everyone stepped forward and applied, but I am fully convinced that John Lincoln is the best person for this role."