In addition to their primary duty administering the state elections division in Alaska, the lieutenant governor also serves on several boards, commissions, and committees. They are the Alaska Historical Commission (Chair), the Aerospace States Association (Chair), the Statewide Committee on Research (Co-Chair), and the Alaska Workforce Investment Board (Member). The purpose of each of these groups is outlined below:
Alaska Historical Commission: The Alaska Historical Commission is part of the Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation. According to their website, “Members advise the Governor on programs concerning history and prehistory, historic sites and buildings, and on geographic names.” Specifically, the group is tasked with some of the following duties: reviewing Alaskan prehistory and history materials now in print; coordinating publication of materials that present all aspects of Alaska’s history; reviewing nominations to the National Register of Historic Places; determining the correct and most appropriate names for Alaska’s geographic features;serving as the state representatives for Alaska’s Geographic Names Program; advising the Governor and the Legislature on state policy and programs for the preservation of the state’s historic, prehistoric, and archaeological resources (Alaska Historical Commission, 2013).
Statewide Committee on Research: This group is a component of the University of Alaska and functions as a lead advisory committee to oversee a program entitled the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR for short. According to their bylaws, this committee has three specific functions: 1) provide oversight and guidance to the Alaska EPSCoR Program; 2) assist the University of Alaska (UA) in meeting their research capacity through a partnership of all UA campuses; 3) promote research and develop between academia and industry, and to promote overall economic development in Alaska (Statewide Committee on Research, 2013).
Alaska Workforce Investment Board: This board, a part of the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development is tasked with providing policy oversight of state and federally funded job training and vocational education programs. As they note, “Board members look at employment trends and emerging occupations to ensure training is customized and Alaskans are prepared for high demand, good wage jobs” (Alaska Workforce Investment Board, 2013).
Aerospace States Association: Unlike the first three groups that are dedicated solely to in-state issues, this one is a national board tasked with enhancing the aerospace industry. As their website indicates, “ASA is a bi-partisan representative of the grass roots of American Aerospace. It is an organization of Lieutenant Governors and state appointed delegates. ASA was formed to promote a state-based perspective in federal aerospace policy development and support state aerospace initiatives that enhance student/teacher education outreach and economic development opportunities. ASA is now working to rally America to improve U.S. global aviation/aerospace competitiveness” (Aerospace States Association, 2013).
My several-part overview of Alaska’s lieutenant governor is concluded. The next lieutenant governor to be reviewed will be Hawaii’s.