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Governor Parnell Names Tammie Wilson to House Seat

Anchorage, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell appointed Tammie Wilson to the vacant District 11 seat in the Alaska House of Representatives on Nov. 24. District 11 covers the North Pole/Badger Road area. Wilson replaces John Coghill, who resigned when he was appointed to the Senate.

"Tammie's dedication to her community and passion for people will make her a strong leader in the House," Governor Parnell said.

Wilson, 48, serves on the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly, and is a former chair of the Golden Valley Electric Association district nominating committee, a former vice president of Love INC., a faith-based organization that helps those in need, and an avid community volunteer.

Wilson earned a bachelor's degree in education from Illinois State University. She must be confirmed by a simple majority of House Republicans.

"It's been a long journey," Wilson said. "I am grateful for the opportunity to serve District 11 in a different capacity. My ties to the district and borough will remain strong."

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 District 11 Republican Party Selection Committee.

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