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Mead Treadwell
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Lieutenant Governor of Alaska
Former officeholder
In office
December 6, 2010 - December 1, 2014
Base salary$115,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Campaign $$650,173
Term limits2 consecutive terms
High schoolHotchkiss School
Bachelor'sYale University (1978)
Master'sHarvard Business School (1982)
Date of birthMarch 21, 1956
Place of birthNew Haven, Connecticut
Office website
Campaign website
Mead Treadwell (b. March 21, 1956 in New Haven, Connecticut) is the former Republican Lieutenant Governor of Alaska. He served in this position from December 2010 to December 2014.

Treadwell was first elected lieutenant governor in 2010. He secured the GOP nomination in the primary on August 24, 2010, and went on to win the 2010 midterm general election over Democratic nominee Diane E. Benson. Treadwell was sworn in on December 6 of that year, along with Gov. Sean Parnell.[1]

Previously, he served as a Chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission until May 7, 2010 when he resigned to run for office.[2]

Before becoming lieutenant governor, Treadwell served on the United States Arctic Research Commission, having been appointed by President George W. Bush in 2001. He also worked as Chairman and CEO of Venture Ad Astra, an Anchorage technology firm specializing in geospatial imaging. Treadwell has also worked as a political reporter for the Anchorage Times and, after entering the energy industry, director of spill response during the Exxon Valdez oil spill crisis. He was also Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation under Governor Wally Hickell.

Treadwell's term as lieutenant governor expired in 2014. Although he was eligible for re-election in November 2014, he instead ran for election to the U.S. Senate for the seat held by Mark Begich.[3] He was defeated by Daniel S. Sullivan in the Republican primary on August 19, 2014.[4]


Treadwell moved to Alaska from his native Connecticut as a teenager in 1974. He left Alaska to pursue his undergraduate degree at Yale. Returning to the state after graduation, he held his first job as a reporter with the Anchorage Times. A few years later, he again moved away temporarily to earn an MBA at Harvard. Since graduating in 1982, his career has been focused on Alaska.

Treadwell was first appointed to the Arctic Research Commission in 2001. In 2006, former President George W. Bush named him as the Commission's chair. He was also Senior Fellow of the Institute of the North, a group founded by former Alaska Gov. Walter Hickel. Treadwell earlier worked with Gov. Hickel when he served in his cabinet from 1991-1994 as Deputy Commissioner of Alaska's Department of Environmental Conservation. In that capacity, he served on multiple international delegations focused on the Arctic environment.

From 1994 to 1999, Treadwell sat on the board of the Alaska Science and Technology Foundation. Additionally, he belongs to the boards of the Prince William Sound Science Center and the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council. Treadwell is also an alternate Trustee for the Council.

His research has focused on defense and strategic issues facing Alaska after the Cold War and on ways to enlist international cooperation from countries with shared interests. Immediately after the fall of the Soviet Union, he helped launch the Siberia Alaska Gateway Project of the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce. He led multiple U.S. expeditions to the Russian Arctic, including a team of nuclear experts who visited Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant in Chukotka in 1993.[5]

This work led to a position on the board of the Alaska Siberia Research Center and a 2002 election as a Fellow National of the Explorers Club.

Treadwell also focuses on managing commonly owned resources and on building telecomm and infrastructure. Privately, he was Chairman and CEO of Venture Ad Astra, an Anchorage based imaging technology company, and chairman of Immersive Media Company. In all, Treadwell has nearly 30 years of experience in investing and supporting new ventures. Two such groups where he belongs to the executive board are Baltimore Dredge Enterprises and Arctic Transportation Services.[6]


  • 1982, Harvard Business School (M.B.A.)
  • 1978, Yale University (B.A.)
  • 1974, Hotchkiss School (Lakeville, Connecticut)

Political career

Lieutenant Governor (2010-2014)

Before running for lieutenant governor in 2010, Treadwell's involvement in political campaigning had been limited to his experiences as a state chair for Mitt Romney's 2008 presidential primary campaign and delegate to the Republican National Convention in 2008. In his first bid for public office, Treadwell won the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor of Alaska on August 24, 2010. He went on to win the 2010 midterm general election over Democratic nominee Diane E. Benson. Along with Governor Sean Parnell, Treadwell was sworn in on December 6, 2010.

U.S. Arctic Research Commission (2006-2010)

Treadwell served as Chair of the US Arctic Research Commission from 2006 to 2010.

In his resignation letter to President Obama, Treadwell cited frustration with government spending and disappointment that Washington had not moved in recommendation from the Arctic Research Committee to address environmental issues.[7] He echoed these sames motivators in interviews.


Campaign themes


Treadwell's campaign website listed the following issues:[8]

  • Healthcare: "America’s healthcare system needs reform but Obamacare is not the reform we need. I will work to repeal Obamacare. Already businesses across the country are dropping coverage for spouses, cutting back hours for their employees and insurance premiums are up. Their idea: more government dependence. This is unacceptable. Obamacare is making it harder for Alaskans to support their families and it is a dangerous program that we cannot afford."
  • Energy: "The President has a pipeline problem and it is not just called Keystone. Misguided federal energy and environmental policies have been devastating to Alaska and our country. The Trans-Alaska oil pipeline is running less than one-third full. Under President Obama, exploration in the Arctic has slowed to a crawl and the acreage for exploration in the National Petroleum Reserve Alaska has been cut in half. I know Alaska can be the engine that drives America."
  • Second Amendment: "The Second Amendment protects our right to self-defense. Law-abiding citizens have the right to keep and bear arms, plain and simple. I will defend the right for Alaskans to defend their families and their homes. The U.S. Senate Majority today is working to erode our Second Amendment rights and Mark Begich supports their leadership. I will oppose all efforts to water down the Second Amendment."
  • Sanctity of Life: "Government exists to protect our rights and liberties - not to take them away. I believe that this protection extends to all lives, including the unborn. Every person has a purpose and path in the world and I firmly believe life begins at conception. Three years ago, I worked with pro-life groups to pass the parental notification initiative and I have fought to make it work. I do not believe government money should support abortion."
  • Traditional Marriage: "As your Lieutenant Governor I have sworn an oath to defend our state’s constitution and our constitution clearly states marriage is between one man and one woman. Marriage is a sacrament of the church and I will defend traditional marriage as it is defined by our state’s constitution."


—Mead Treadwell's campaign website,

On The Issues Vote Match

Mead Treadwell's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Treadwell is a Moderate Conservative. Treadwell received a score of 38 percent on social issues and 70 percent on economic issues.[10]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[11]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Neutral
Vouchers for school choice Unknown Keep God in the public sphere Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Strongly Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Unknown
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Opposes Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Unknown
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: April 19, 2015.[10] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.



See also: United States Senate elections in Alaska, 2014

Treadwell ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Alaska. He was the second Republican to enter the race, and he was defeated by Daniel S. Sullivan in the primary election on August 19, 2014.[4]

Treadwell replaced his campaign manager and communications consultant in March 2014 after struggling with fundraising in the fourth quarter of 2013. He was outraised by Daniel S. Sullivan $1.25 million to $228,000.[12]

U.S. Senate, Alaska Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDan Sullivan 40.1% 44,740
Joe Miller 32.1% 35,904
Mead Treadwell 24.9% 27,807
John Jaramillo 2.9% 3,246
Total Votes 111,697
Source: Alaska Secretary of State


  • RedState Editor-in-Chief Erick Erickson: Treadwell "is better on the stand your ground law in Alaska than his opponent."[13]


See also: Alaska lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010 and Lieutenant Governor elections, 2010


Treadwell defeated Diane E. Benson (D) and Jeffrey D. Brown (L) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[14]
2010 Alaska gubernatorial general election
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Diane E. Benson 37.67%
     Republican Party Approveda Mead Treadwell 59.06%
     Libertarian Party Jeffrey D. Brown 1.05%
     American Independent Party Donald R. Wright 1.86%
     Other write-in 0.37%
Total Votes 256,192


Treadwell defeated three opponents in the August 24 Republican primary race.[14]
2010 Race for Lieutenant Governor - Republican Primary[15]
Candidates Percentage
Eddie Burke (R) 13.43%
Bob Lupo (R) 2.43%
Jay Ramras (R) 31.16%
Green check mark.jpg Mead Treadwell (R) 52.98%
Total votes 82,518

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Treadwell is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Treadwell raised a total of $650,173 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 4, 2013.[16]

Mead Treadwell's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Lieutenant Governor of Alaska Not up for election $0
2010 Lieutenant Governor of Alaska Won $650,173
Grand Total Raised $650,173


Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Treadwell's reports.

**As of the Pre-Primary Report, Treadwell's campaign committee owed $248,445 in outstanding loans to Mead Treadwell.


Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Mead Treadwell's donors each year.[24] Click [show] for more information.


Treadwell is widowed. His late wife, Carol, passed away from a brain tumor in 2002. They had three children together; Tim, Will, and Natalie. He resides in Anchorage, where Will and Natalie still attend local schools. Tim is in college in Colorado.[25]

In his wife's memory, Treadwell established Sea Train, a program to take 5th grade students to Seward to see the Alaska SeaLife Center. Since its founding, more than 10,000 children have participated.

Treadwell identifies as a Catholic.

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  1. State of Alaska Division of Elections, "Official results, statewide summary," updated November 30, 2010 at 17:02, accessed September 20, 2012
  2. Alaska Dispatch, "Mead Treadwell to run for lieutenant governor," May 7, 2010
  3. Politico, "Mead Treadwell to run for Senate in Alaska," June 18, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 Politico, "2014 Alaska Senate Primaries Results," accessed August 20, 2014
  5. US Arctic Research Commission, "Mr. Mead Treadwell Chair, US Arctic Research Commission," accessed August 27, 2013 (dead link)
  6. Office of the Alaska Lieutenant Governor, "Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell," accessed August 27, 2013
  7. Anchorage Daily News, "Treadwell to run for lieutenant governor," May 8, 2010
  8. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed August 13, 2014
  9. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  10. 10.0 10.1 On The Issues, "Mead Treadwell Vote Match," accessed April 19, 2015
  11. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
  12. Politico, "Alaska’s Mead Treadwell shakes up campaign," March 20, 2014
  13. Treadwell for United States Senate, "Red State’S Erickson Endorses Mead Treadwell," June 18, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 State of Alaska Division of Elections, "Official results, statewide summary," updated November 30, 2010 at 17:02, accessed September 20, 2012
  15. State of Alaska Division of Elections, “August 24, 2010 Primary Election Results, Lieutenant Governor”, August 24, 2010
  16. Follow The Money, "Career fundraising for Mead Treadwell," accessed June 4, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Mead Treadwell April Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Mead Treadwell July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Mead Treadwell October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Mead Treadwell Year-End," accessed February 14, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Mead Treadwell April Quarterly," accessed April 29, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Mead Treadwell July Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Mead Treadwell Pre-Primary," accessed August 12, 2014
  24. Follow the, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
  25. Project Vote Smart, "Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell's Biography," accessed August 27, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Craig Campbell (R)
Lieutenant Governor of Alaska
2010 - 2014
Succeeded by
Byron Mallott (D)