Mike Dunleavy Biography

Mike Dunleavy is an American politician and educator, who currently serves as the governor of Alaska under the Republican party. He assumed office as the Governor of Alaska on December 3, 2018, and his current term ends on December 5, 2022.

Mike was a member of the Alaska Senate, from 2013 to 2018, before running and emerging as the Republican Party’s candidate for the 2018 gubernatorial election in Alaska. He has had a successful career as an educator, working in the education sector before diving into politics.

Here is a brief biography of Micheal James Dunleavy who is running for re-election as Governor of Alaska and will be on the ballot in the upcoming general election.

Full NameMicheal James Dunleavy
Age61 years old
PartyRepublican Party
Place of BirthScranton, Pennsylvania

Mike Dunleavy Early Life and Education

Mike Dunleavy was born and raised in Scranton, Pennsylvania with his parents and he schooled at Scranton Central High School. After his basic high school education, he went to Misericordia University, where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in History in 1983.

In the same year, he moved to Alaska, first to earn his Master’s degree in Education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and started looking for a job in the state.

He always dreamt of becoming a teacher and saw himself impacting the lives of the younger generation through his educating skills, but before that, he worked at a logging camp in southeastern Alaska.

With his Masters’s of Education certificate, he was able to get a teaching license and started off his educational career. Dunleavy with his newfound passion spent about twenty years of his career working as an educator, a principal, and even a Superintendent in northwest Arctic communities.

Along the line, he met a lovely woman; Rose while helping different communities through education. She was from Kobuk River Valley, Noorvikwho, and would later become his wife and give birth to three lovely kids – Maggie, Catherine and Ceil- whom they raised together as a family in Alaska.

Dunleavy later moved with his family to Wasilla where he operated an educational consulting firm. This was the turning point for him, as he took his ambitions to the next level, working with various institutions and organizations on state-wide educational projects, before finally picking an interest in politics.

He served as the president of the Matanuska-Susitna board for two years before becoming a member of the Alaska Senate.

Mike Dunleavy Political Career

Dunleavy’s political career started in 2008 when he became a board member of Matanuska-Susitna Borough. In 2012, he challenged Linda Menard who was then the incumbent state senator, and won the primaries over him with an impressive 57.42% vote. He then went on to win the District D election in November of that same year unopposed.

Earlier 2017, Dunleavy announced he would be contesting for Alaska gubernatorial election the following year, and started off his campaign. Unfortunately, he stepped down in September 2017, due to heart problems he was having at the time but later came back into the political scene in December and was ready to continue the race.

Following his new ambition, he resigned from the State’s Senate- and was replaced by Mike Shower who was chosen by Governor Bill Walker- in January 2018, to properly focus on his campaign, primaries, and the forthcoming election. It turned out to be perfect and he was successful in the November 2018 elections and emerged governor of Alaska along with his fellow Republican Kevin Meyer who became lieutenant governor.  

The earlier stages of his time as governor were a bit tough, as not long after he entered the seat, did COVID-19 become rampant. He ordered a state of emergency in March 2020 even before Anchorage by a foreign national and activated emergency operation centers in Alaska, to help curb the virus and maintain the safety of the residents of Alaska.

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