Gov Palin on July 3rd announced her resignation as Governor of the State of Alaska on July 26thÂ as we celebrate the country’s birthday on July 4th and the State of Alaska’s 50th year of statehood. Lt Gov Sean Parnell will be sworn into office as Governor on July 26th.Â Her press release announcing her resignation is attached below.Â
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â No. 09-167
GOVERNOR PALIN ANNOUNCES NO SECOND TERM
NO LAME DUCK SESSION EITHER
July 3, 2009, Anchorage, Alaska â€“ Governor Sarah Palin announced today that she will not seek a second term as Governor of the State of Alaska and will relegate the power of governor to Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell in order to serve Alaskaâ€™s best interests.Â Lieutenant General Craig Campbell will move into Parnellâ€™s current role.
â€œPeople who know me know that besides faith and family, nothing’s more important to me than our beloved Alaska,â€ said Governor Palin.Â â€œServing her people is the greatest honor I could imagine.â€
Standing outside her home in Wasilla, Alaska, Governor Palin reflected upon some of the administrationâ€™s accomplishments for Alaska as she approaches her final year in office.
â€œI am determined to take the right path for Alaska even though it is not the easiest path,â€ said Governor Palin after the announcement.Â â€œOnce I decided not to run for re-election, I also felt that to embrace the conventional â€˜Lame Duckâ€™ status in this particular climate would just be another dose of â€˜politics as usual,â€™ something I campaigned against and will always oppose.Â It is my duty to always protect our great state.Â With that in mind, my family and I determined that it is best to make a difference this summer, and I am willing to change things, so that this administration, with its positive agenda, its accomplishments, and its successful road to an incredible future, can continue without interruption and with great administrative and legislative success.Â I look forward to helping others â€“ to fight for our state and our country, and campaign for those who believe in smaller government, free enterprise, strong national security, support for our troops, and energy independence.â€
The transfer of power will occur following the Governorâ€™s picnic in Fairbanks on July 26.Â At that point in time, Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell will be sworn in and Lieutenant General Craig Campbell will assume his role as Lieutenant Governor.
Governor Palin will spend July 4th in Juneau.