Governor Walker announced Tuesday afternoon that Jahna Lindemuth would succeed Craig Richards as the state’s next Attorney General.
An Anchorage resident, Lindemuth had previously been considered as the replacement for outgoing Supreme Court Justice Dana Fabe, a position that was filled by Susan Carney. Walker stated that he “was struck by her outstanding resume and legal experience,” when he had first interviewed Lindemuth for the Supreme Court.
Anchorage Senator Lesil McGuire said she was pleased with the appointment of Lindemuth. “She bring years of Alaska experience to bear on the legal challenges facing our great state,” McGuire said. “With the Alaska LNG project, Correction Reforms, Arctic Development and tribal sovereignty questions facing our state, I am confident Jahna Lindemuth will work for the best interests of all Alaskans.”
Lindemuth will be the second female Attorney General in Alaska. Grace Schaible served from 1987 to 1989 under Governor Steve Cowper. Lindemuth is set to begin her new position at the Department of Law in early August.
During the announcement of Lindemuth as the new Attorney General, Walker also introduced three other cabinet members who had previously been announced: Natural Resources Commissioner Andy Mack, Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan and Education Commissioner Michael Johnson.
Mack come from PT Capital, a private equity fund. Monegan is a former public safety commissioner and was most recently the acting corrections commissioner. Johnson served as Copper River School District’s superintendent in Glenallen.