Lieutenant Governor Craig E. Campbell
Lieutenant Governor Craig E. Campbell hails from Longmeadow, Massachusetts. He and his family came to Alaska in 1981, when Craig was a Captain in the United States Air Force. In 1984, he voluntarily left the Air Force to remain in Alaska. Craig is a 1974 graduate of the University of Tulsa, with a degree in Political Science. He earned his Masters Degree in 1981 from Golden Gate University, as well as a second Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the US Naval War College in 1999.
Craig’s career has focused on airport planning, aviation environmental studies and airport development. His aviation work includes numerous planning projects and noise studies at airports across Alaska, the Lower 48 and internationally. In addition to his business experience, Craig has dedicated his life to public service. Starting in 1985, when he was elected President of the Eagle River Valley Community Council, followed in 1986 by his election to the Anchorage Assembly, representing the residents of Eagle River/Chugiak/Birchwood, where he served for nine and a half years, with two terms as Chairman of the body. During Craig’s time on the Anchorage Assembly, Alaska faced one of the most serious economic downturns in state history. Craig led efforts to restrain government spending and to protect individual liberties. He advocated for lower property taxes, changed the municipal code to provide greater protection to citizens against government use of eminent domain, supported individual rights to bear arms, and focused on reducing government influence over individuals lives. In 2000, Mayor George Wuerch appointed Craig as the Executive Director: Planning, Development, and Public Works for the Municipality of Anchorage. In that role, he was instrumental in combining staff functions to provide easier access to government by the public.
In 1997 he was appointed to the Matanuska Electric Association Board of Directors and was subsequently elected to the board the following year. Craig has served in a number of other volunteer organizations, such as the Winter Cities 94 Board of Directors, the Salvation Army Advisory Board, and as an ex-officio member of the Anchorage Convention and Visitors Advisory Board of Directors.
In 2002, Governor Frank Murkowski appointed Craig as the Adjutant General for the State of Alaska and the Commander of the Alaska National Guard and the Commissioner of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. Prior to that appointment, Craig was serving as the Vice Commander, 168th Air Refueling Wing, Alaska Air National Guard, Eielson AFB, Alaska. In 2006, Governor Sarah Palin retained Craig in his Commissioner and Adjutant General capacity. In 2008, Governor Palin promoted Craig to be the first Lieutenant General (Alaska), the highest such rank permitted in state law. Craig was appointed Lieutenant Governor in July 2009, when Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell became Alaska’s tenth governor.
Craig and his wife, Anne Marie, were married in 1972. After moving to Alaska, they built their home in Eagle River in 1983. They have two daughters, Melanie and Amanda. Melanie now lives in California with Craig’s oldest granddaughter, Emma; while Amanda lives in Anchorage with her husband, Rick Rauckhorst. They are the proud parents of Craig’s three other granddaughters, Faith, Lillian, and Kimberly.
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(bio with additions and photo from State of Alaska Website)