John J. Burns

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John J. Burns
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Attorney General of Alaska
Former officeholder
In office
2010 - January 2, 2012
Term ends
Base salary$135,000
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Alaska-Fairbanks
J.D.University of Puget Sound School of Law
John J. Burns (born in 1959) is a former Republican Attorney General of Alaska. First appointed to the statewide public position in late-November 2010 by Republican Governor Sean Parnell,[1][2] Burns initially replaced Daniel S. Sullivan who resigned in order to take up his responsibilities as the newly appointed Commissioner of the State Department of Natural Resources. But in November 2011, Burns announced his resignation effective January 2, 2012, citing the need to spend more time with his family.[3] He was succeeded in office by Michael Geraghty.[4]


  • Bachelor's degree in history, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Juris Doctorate degree, University of Puget Sound School of Law

Professional experience

Shortly after receiving his law degree, Burns returned briefly to the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) where he served an adjunct faculty member teaching both graduate and undergraduate business law course. He then joined the Anchorage-based private firm of Birch, Horton, Bittner & Cherot before establishing his own practice, Borgeson & Burns, in 1999.

Other roles

  • Member, Chancellor's Advisory Committee at the University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Member, Hospice of the Tanana Valley - Board of Directors

Contact info


Capitol Address:
Office of Alaska Attorney General
Post Office Box 110300
Juneau, AK 99811-0300

Phone: (907) 465-2133
Fax: (907) 465-2075

External links


Political offices
Preceded by
Daniel S. Sullivan
Alaska Attorney General
Succeeded by
Michael Geraghty