Dunleavy picks Shaw to replace Birch in Alaska Senate
September 3, 2019 11:53AM AKDT
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy has picked Rep. Laddie Shaw to fill a state Senate seat that became vacant when Anchorage Republican Sen. Chris Birch died earlier this month.
The pick is subject to confirmation by Senate Republicans. Senate President Cathy Giessel says a vote is expected after Labor Day weekend.
If confirmed, Shaw would hold the seat pending a November 2020 election.
The other candidates local Republicans advanced for the Senate seat were Albert Fogle and Dave Donley, an ex-legislator who serves in Dunleavy’s administration.
State law calls for a vacant seat to be filled by someone from the same party as the person who vacated the seat.
Birch’s family has said he died of a torn or ruptured aorta.