Craig Campbell (politician)

Craig Eaton Campbell (born March 24, 1952)[1][2] is an American politician and businessman and is the current president and chief executive officer of the Alaska Aerospace Corporation (AAC). He joined the corporation as chief operating officer in February 2011, and was appointed president and CEO by the Board of Directors in October 2012. [1]

Craig E. Campbell
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10th Lieutenant Governor of Alaska
In office
August 10, 2009 – December 6, 2010
GovernorSean Parnell
Preceded bySean Parnell
Succeeded byMead Treadwell
Commissioner of Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
In office
December 1, 2003 – August 10, 2009
GovernorFrank Murkowski
Sarah Palin
Member of the Anchorage Assembly from Seat C
In office
October 1986 – April 1996
Preceded byGerry O'Connor
Succeeded byTed Carlson
Personal details
Craig Eaton Campbell

(1952-03-24) March 24, 1952 (age 68)
Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Anne Marie Campbell
ChildrenAmanda Campbell
Melanie Campbell
Alma materUniversity of Tulsa
Golden Gate University
Naval War College
ProfessionMilitary Officer
Awards(3) Air Force Meritorious Service Medal
(2) Air Force Commendation Medal
Outstanding Unit Award
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
National Defense Service Medal
(6) Air Force Longevity Service Award
Air Reserve Forces Service Medal
Alaska Distinguished Service Medal
Alaska Commendation Medal
California Medal of Merit
Military service
AllegianceUnited States
Branch/serviceUnited States Air Force
Years of service1974–2009
RankLieutenant General (Alaska National Guard)
Major General (Air National Guard)

Prior to his position at AAC, Campbell was the lieutenant governor of Alaska, holding the office from August 10, 2009 through December 6, 2010.[3] Pending his confirmation by the State Legislature, he was "temporary substitute" lieutenant governor for several weeks.[4][5] Campbell left office in December 2010, after having withdrawn from the Republican primary race for lieutenant governor,[6] which was eventually won by Mead Treadwell.

Before serving as lieutenant governor, Campbell was the commissioner of the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. In that role, he was head of the state's National Guard, with the rank of lieutenant general.[7] On July 3, 2009, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin announced that she would resign effective July 26. Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell would become governor, and Campbell would replace Parnell as lieutenant governor.[8][9] In 2010, Campbell opted to not seek election as lieutenant governor, preferring to return to the business sector and joining AAC in February 2011.

Campbell was appointed the state chair for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Alaska State Committee in October 2012. [2] He is married to wife Anne Marie and has two children: Amanda and Melanie (deceased), and four grandchildren: Faith, Ellie, Kimberly and Emma.[10]


Campbell was born in 1952.[11] He was raised in Longmeadow, Massachusetts and attended the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma on a Reserve Officer's Training Corp. (ROTC) scholarship, and graduated in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. He was commissioned a second lieutenant that year and was assigned to the Air Traffic Control Officers Training Course at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi.[10]

After being certified as an air traffic controller, he was assigned to Travis Air Force Base in California, then to K. I. Sawyer Air Force Base in Michigan. Each assignment brought a promotion, and he left Sawyer in 1979 as a captain. From Sawyer, he moved to Vandenberg Air Force Base, where he served as chief of air traffic control operations until 1981. During his stay at Vandenberg, he attended classes and earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Golden Gate University in nearby San Francisco, California.[10]

In 1981, he was assigned to Alaska for the first time when he was named the chief of air traffic control operations with the 1930th Communications Squadron at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage. He left active-duty U.S. Air Force, joined the California Air National Guard, and was assigned duties at Hayward Air National Guard Base in that state in 1984.

In addition, he worked extensively in the private sector, with over 15 years of aviation consulting experience including airport master planning, environmental planning, economic feasibility studies, and facilities location planning—both in the U.S. and internationally.[12]

Campbell has been active in Alaskan politics since being first elected to the Assembly 1986, when he was first elected to the Anchorage Assembly, representing the Chugiak, Eagle River, Birchwood, Peters Creek, Eklutna, and Mountain View sections of Anchorage. The district also included Elmendorf and the other major military base in Anchorage, Fort Richardson (the two have since been combined as Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson).[11][13] He subsequently was re-elected in 1989 and 1992, serving twice as Chairman of the Assembly.

In 1991, he joined the Alaska National Guard and became commander of the 168th Resource Management Squadron at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska. He later was made commander of the 168th Logistics Squadron at the base and was promoted to lieutenant colonel.[10]

In 1994, Campbell unsuccessfully ran for Mayor of Anchorage, coming in third out of a field of fourteen candidates in the non-partisan, municipality-wide election.[14] He later served on the Matanuska Electric Association Board of Directors from 1996 - 2000,[15] and as an adjunct professor for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University from 1990 - 2000.

In 1997, he moved into a staff position with the Alaska Air National Guard in Anchorage. In 1999, he earned a Master of Arts degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College at Newport, Rhode Island. He stayed in staff positions until 2000, when he was promoted to colonel and named vice commander of the 168th Air Refueling Wing at Eielson. While there, he helped command the wing's operations in support of the American war effort in Afghanistan.[16]

The same year that he was named vice-commander, he became executive director of Anchorage's Office of Planning, Development and Public Works.[17] In 2003, he was selected by then-Alaska governor Frank Murkowski to serve as the state's adjutant general—the commander of the Alaska National Guard—and commissioner of the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.[11] Following Palin's election in 2006, he was reconfirmed in his office.[10]

Campbell has 35 years of aerospace experience in the USAF and Alaska National Guard, during which he oversaw the Alaska Army National Guard development of missile defense operations and security missions at Ft. Greely, AK; the relocation of Kulis Air National Guard Base to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson; the formation of an associate flying unit between the USAF and Alaska Air National Guard for operations of the C-17 Globemaster III strategic airlift transport; and establishment of a state partnership between the Alaska National Guard and the country of Mongolia.[12]

Campbell was promoted to lieutenant (three-star) general within the state National Guard by Palin on September 7, 2008. He retained his federal National Guard rank of major (two-star) general[18] until he retired August 31, 2009.[19] Campbell became the president and chief executive officer for Alaska Aerospace Corporation in 2012, retiring in 2020.

Campbell served as the State Chair for the Alaska Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) from 2012 until 2017. In 2019, Governor Mike Dunleavy appointed Campbell to the Alaska Railroad Board of Directors, where he currently serves as the Board Chair.

Lieutenant governorEdit

Under the Alaska state constitution, a governor's selection of a new lieutenant governor is subject to confirmation by the State Legislature.[5] The same Constitution, however, gives the governor the power to make "recess appointments", and the Legislature was not in session when Parnell succeeded as governor on July 26. Following Palin's announcement, conflicting statements issued from Alaska legal authorities as to whether Parnell had the authority to appoint a lieutenant governor without approval from the state legislature. The state attorney general stated that while Palin could name Campbell lieutenant governor, it would be preferable to have him sworn in as acting or temporary lieutenant governor, taking the permanent post only upon approval of the legislature.[20][21] Only July 26, after then-Lieutenant Governor Parnell was sworn in as governor, Campbell was given the oath as "temporary substitute" lieutenant governor. The oath was administered by Alaska Supreme Court Justice Daniel E. Winfree. After coming back into session, the Legislature confirmed Campbell as lieutenant governor by a vote of 55-4.[4][5]

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ "craig campbell". Rootsweb. Archived from the original on August 15, 2016. Retrieved September 30, 2011.
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  6. ^ Campbell Won't Run for Lieutenant Governor Archived 2010-04-05 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ National Guard Bureau. "Major General Craig E. Campbell" Archived 2009-06-13 at the Wayback Machine, November 2006. Retrieved July 4, 2009.
  8. ^ "Gov Palin to resign her office". KTUU-TV. MSNBC. Archived from the original on 2009-07-04. Retrieved 2009-07-03.
  9. ^ “Governor Palin Announces No Second Term, No Lame Duck Session Either,” Archived 2009-07-11 at the Wayback Machine Press Release, Office of the Governor, Via Anchorage Daily News (2009-07-03).
  10. ^ a b c d e Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. "Commissioner Campbell Biography" Archived 2009-06-09 at the Wayback Machine, March 12, 2009. Retrieved July 4, 2009.
  11. ^ a b c Inklebarger, Timothy. "Murkowski names Campbell military chief", Juneau Empire. December 30, 2002. State and Regional section.
  12. ^ a b "Craig E. Campbell - Alaska Aerospace". Archived from the original on 2013-08-21. Retrieved 2014-01-08.
  13. ^ Holland, Megan. "Craig Campbell to replace Parnell" Archived 2009-07-07 at the Wayback Machine, Anchorage Daily News. July 3, 2009. Retrieved July 4, 2009.
  14. ^ "Our Campaigns - Anchorage Mayor - Initial Election Race - Apr 19, 1994".
  15. ^ "Lieutenant Governor Craig E. Campbell". Archived from the original on 2014-02-02. Retrieved 2014-01-22.
  16. ^ Ipsen, Beth. "Latitude adjustment - 168th Air Refueling Wing has dual duty in Alaska, Guam", Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. March 17, 2002. Page A1.
  17. ^ The Associated Press. "Ex-Assemblyman to lead Army, Air Guard", Anchorage Daily News. December 31, 2002. Page B1.
  18. ^ State of Alaska. "Alaska NG Adjutant General Promoted" Archived 2008-10-14 at the Wayback Machine, September 8, 2008. Retrieved July 4, 2009.
  19. ^ "MAJOR GENERAL CRAIG E. CAMPBELL". National Guard Bureau. Archived from the original on 2009-07-28. Retrieved 2010-12-02., Retrieved December 1, 2010.
  20. ^ "AG: Palin can appoint an 'acting' lieutenant governor". Juneau Empire. Archived from the original on 2012-05-03. Retrieved 2010-09-04.
  21. ^[dead link]
Political offices
Preceded by
Sean Parnell
Lieutenant Governor of Alaska
Succeeded by
Mead Treadwell