Byron Ivar Mallott (April 6, 1943 – May 8, 2020) was an American politician, elder, tribal activist and business executive from the state of Alaska. Mallott was 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||Jay B. Mallot|
|Succeeded by||Jerry Nelson|
Byron Ivar Mallott
April 6, 1943
Yakutat, Alaska, U.S.
|Died||May 8, 2020 (aged 77)|
Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.
|Education||Western Washington University|
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.
Byron Ivar Mallott was born on April 6, 1943, in Yakutat, Alaska, to Jay B. Mallot and Emma M. Brown. 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.
Mallott's political career began in 1965 when his father, who served as Yakutat's mayor for the vast majority of the position's existence, died. He left college and returned to Yakutat, running to replace him, and won the election. 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.
In 1968, Mallott received the Democratic nomination for the 5th district in the Alaska House of Representatives. In the general election he was narrowly defeated by Henry E. Reeves by twenty-three votes. Mallot posted the $250 for a recount, but the vote total remained the same. In 1969, Senator Mike Gravel appointed him to serve as a special assistant.
In 1972, Mallott became a member of the newly formed Sealaska Corporation and was elected director. He served as chairman of the board from 1976 to 1983. In 1982, he was selected to serve as the CEO and kept his position until retirement on July 1, 1992.
Mallott became chairman of Alaska's Reapportionment Board, but on September 5, 1980, he resigned from the board for personal reasons.
In 1982, Mallott was appointed to the board of trustees of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation by Governor Jay Hammond to replace Elmer Rasmuson. In 1985, he was selected to serve as the chairman of the permanent fund and later served as the executive director from 1995 to 2000. 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. On August 16, 1994, Mallott announced that he would run in Juneau's mayoral election. He was elected mayor of Juneau in that municipality's 1994 general election. He resigned from office after he was selected to serve as the executive director of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation. 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 was also 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
- A Director 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.
Personal life and deathEdit
Mallott was married to Antoinette (Toni) Mallott, a retired schoolteacher who spent most of her career teaching elementary grades in the Juneau School District. They had five children. The Mallotts lived in the West Juneau neighborhood of Juneau, located on Douglas Island near downtown Juneau.
|Republican||Henry E. Reeves||696||50.84%||+50.84%|
|Libertarian||Andrew C. Lee||8,985||3.21%||+2.16%|
|Democratic||Debra L. Call||125,739||44.41%||-3.69%|
|Independent||Byron Mallott (incumbent)||5,757||2.03%||-46.07%|
|Libertarian||Carolyn F. Clift||5,402||2.03%||-1.30%|
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- "Sealaska community mourns the passing of Tlingit leader Byron Mallott" (Press release). Sealaska. 2020. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
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- "Recount Begins On Several Races". Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. November 25, 1968. p. 3. Archived from the original on May 8, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Sen. Gravel selects Byron Mallott". Daily Sitka Sentinel. January 17, 1969. p. 4. Archived from the original on May 8, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Mallot to Speak At Commencement". Daily Sitka Sentinel. May 8, 1985. p. 6. Archived from the original on May 8, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Sealaska Exec Mallott Announces Retirement". Daily Sitka Sentinel. April 24, 1992. p. 1. Archived from the original on May 8, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Reapportionment Chief Byron Mallott Resigns". Daily Sitka Sentinel. September 8, 1980. p. 3. Archived from the original on May 8, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Mallott Named To State Dividend Board". Daily Sitka Sentinel. August 4, 1982. p. 3. Archived from the original on May 8, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Mallot Elected Fund Chairman". Daily Sitka Sentinel. August 16, 1985. p. 1. Archived from the original on May 8, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Byron Mallott Chosen Permanent Fund Head". Daily Sitka Sentinel. February 6, 1995. p. 1. Archived from the original on May 9, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Byron Mallott Biography". Archived from the original on October 3, 2019.
- Commission on Rural Governance and Empowerment, Final Report to the Governor. Juneau: Alaska Department of Economic and Community Development. June 1999. p. 118.
- Phu, Lisa (2015-12-29). "Former Juneau mayor, capital city advocate Jamie Parsons dies at 74". KTOO-TV. Retrieved 2016-01-03.
- "Ex-Sealaska CEO Announces Candidacy for Juneau Mayor". Daily Sitka Sentinel. August 18, 1994. p. 3. Archived from the original on May 9, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Juneau Assembly to weigh costs, benefits of special election to replace mayor". KTVA. Retrieved May 8, 2020.
- "Byron Mallott Joins Board of Alaska Communications Systems". Business Wire. January 5, 2000. Retrieved 2008-04-24.
- "Byron Mallott biography". Alaskool.org. 2004.
- DeMarban, Alex (September 3, 2013). "Byron Mallott announces decision to run for Alaska governor". Alaska Dispatch. Retrieved September 3, 2013.
- "Walker, Mallott to join forces in governor's race". Alaska Dispatch News. September 1, 2014. Retrieved September 2, 2014.
- Decker, Cathleen. "Unity ticket defeats Alaska GOP Gov. Sean Parnell in drawn-out race". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
- Kelly, Caroline (October 19, 2018). "Alaska Gov. Bill Walker suspends re-election bid". CNN. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
- Zak, Annie; Hanlon, Tegan; DeMarban, Alex (October 16, 2018). "Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott abruptly resigns following "inappropriate comments"". Anchorage Daily News.
- Herz, Nathaniel (May 8, 2020). "Alaska Native leader and former Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott dies at 77". Alaska Public Media. Retrieved May 8, 2020.
- Brooks, James (May 8, 2020). "Byron Mallott, former Alaska lieutenant governor, has died at 77". Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved May 8, 2020.
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- "AK Governor 2014 - ADL primary". May 22, 2016.
- "AK Lt. Governor 2014". October 16, 2018.
- "AK Lt. Governor 2018". November 26, 2018.
- 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