March 29, 2009, Juneau, Alaska – Governor Sarah Palin today named Tim Grussendorf as her designee to replace Kim Elton as the state senator from District B, representing the City and Borough of Juneau.Â
Grussendorf has worked as a commercial fisherman and serves as chief of staff to Alaska State Senator Lyman Hoffman.Â He is currently president of the Southeast Alaska Fishermenâ€™s Alliance and a board member of the Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association.Â Grussendorf is active in the Juneau community, volunteering his time to coach soccer and basketball teams.Â He is the assistant basketball coach at Floyd Dryden Middle School.Â
Grussendorfâ€™s father, Ben Grussendorf, was a representative from Sitka and served as Speaker of the Alaska House of Representatives.Â â€œTimâ€™s solid credentials and thorough understanding of the issues facing our state will serve his constituents well,â€ Governor Palin said. Â â€œI am confident he will be able to hit the ground running.â€
Grussendorf is married with two teenaged sons who are involved in Juneau sports teams.Â He must be confirmed by a simple majority of Senate Democrats.