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Governor Parnell Names Neal Foster to House Seat

November 10, 2009, Nome, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell today appointed Neal Foster to the vacant District 39 seat in the Alaska House of Representatives, which covers an area from Hooper Bay up to and including the City of Nome. Foster is the son of the late Rep. Richard Foster, who died last month.

"Neal Foster is a bright, dedicated man who inherited his father's passion for public service," Governor Parnell said. "Alaska will be served well by his understanding of the issues, of his constituents and of the process."

Foster, 37, is the sole proprietor of Foster Properties in Nome. He worked in numerous capacities for the Sitnasuak Native Corporation from 1998 to 2009, including vice president of operations and president of various subsidiaries.

Foster is a member of the Nome City Council, the Sitnasuak Native Corporation board of directors, the Siu LLC board and the Bering Straits Native Corporation board, and is a former member of the Alaska Workforce Investment Board. He received a bachelor's degree in political science from Stanford University and a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

"It is an honor to be appointed to represent my district and carry on the good work of my father," Foster said. "I look forward to working with the governor's administration to improve job opportunities, increase public safety and enhance education."

Foster must be confirmed by a simple majority of House Democrats.

Governor Parnell expressed appreciation for the many qualified people who applied to fill the legislative vacancy. The governor made the appointment after personally interviewing the three applicants put forward by the Alaska Democratic Party.

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