General Information Package -- Governor Palin's Executive Experience -- Appointed Tim Grussendorf as State Senator

Following is the complete annotated press release from Alaska Governor Sarah Palin regarding her appointment of Tim Grussendorf as State Senator from District B, to replace Kim Elton who took a patronage job in the Obama administration:

[Alaska] Governor Sarah Palin [on March 29, 2009] named Tim Grussendorf as her designee to replace Kim Elton as the state senator from District B, representing the City and Borough of Juneau. Grussendorf has worked as a commercial fisherman and serves as chief of staff to Alaska State Senator Lyman Hoffman. He is currently president of the Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance and a board member of the Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association. Grussendorf is active in the Juneau community, volunteering his time to coach soccer and basketball teams. He is the assistant basketball coach at Floyd Dryden Middle School (Grussendorf, 2009, ¶1).

Grussendorf’s father, Ben Grussendorf, was a representative from Sitka and served as Speaker of the Alaska House of Representatives (Grussendorf, 2009, ¶2).

“Tim’s solid credentials and thorough understanding of the issues facing our state will serve his constituents well,” Governor Palin said. “I am confident he will be able to hit the ground running” (Grussendorf, 2009, ¶3)

Governor Palin said she appreciates the interest shown by so many qualified applicants for the position. “It is encouraging so many dedicated Alaskans stepped forward to offer their services to the constituents of District B and the State of Alaska,” said Governor Palin. “I’m confident the good people of our capital city can look forward to Tim joining Representatives Kerttula and Munoz in fine service” (Grussendorf, 2009, ¶4)

Grussendorf is married with two teenaged sons who are involved in Juneau sports teams. He must be confirmed by a simple majority of Senate Democrats (Grussendorf, 2009, ¶5)


Back when this State Senator’s seat became available, the Alaska State Legislature sent Governor Palin only one name to choose from. Being the skilled executive that she is, the Governor was not going to let anyone foist a candidate on her or “force her hand.” Governor Palin already had a pool of 24 unsolicited applications from people who expressed interest in the job. She issued a call for more applicants to make things fair. See the story here: General Information Package — Governor Palin’s Executive Experience — Seeking State Senator Applicants.

I am not certain if the nominee came from the unsolicited batch or from the Govenor’s solicitation. It really does not matter. What does matter is that Governor used her nearly 17 years of executive experience and made a decision based on who she believes is best suited for the job.


Palin names Grussendorf to Senate seat. (2009, March 29). State of Alaska, Governor. Retrieved March 29, 2009 from: http://www.gov.state.ak.us/news.php?id=1728