Gov. Dunleavy picks Laddie Shaw to replace late Senator Birch

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) Update:
Senate republicans will wait until after the Labor Day weekend to decide on the appointment of Laddie Shaw to House District M. In a press release from the party, Senate President Kathy Giessel says that scheduling conflicts have pushed the confirmation meeting until after the federal holiday.

Governor Mike Dunleavy announced in a Facebook Livestream this afternoon that he has chosen Rep. Laddie Shaw to replace the late Senator Chris Birch. (Courtesy of the Office of the Governor via Facebook)

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For Laddie Shaw to switch legislative bodies, a minimum of 7 out of the 13 republicans must confirm the governor's appointment. If Shaw is confirmed to the senate, his house seat will need to be filled. If Senate republicans reject the governor's appointee, a new person must be named within 10 days.

Governor Mike Dunleavy announced in a Facebook Livestream this afternoon that he has chosen Rep. Laddie Shaw to replace the late Senator Chris Birch.

Shaw is currently the Representative for House District 26. Shaw is a Navy Seal veteran who served four tours in Vietnam. Shaw was one of the representatives who participated in the Wasilla special session called by Dunleavy in July. He is also has supported Dunleavy’s vetoes.

Senator Birch died suddenly earlier this month.

The other Candidates in consideration where Dave Donley and Albert Fogle. Donley serves on the Anchorage school board and Fogle was a former Republican candidate for House District 26.

The decision now goes to the legislature for approval. If Shaw is approved, Republican leaders will need to start the process over to find a replacement for Shaw in District 26.

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