Writing:Biography (state executive officials)

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This page is a content-and-style guide about how to add the section "Biography" to state official articles in the State Executive Officials Project.
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This section is added to profiles about state officials or candidates running for state executive offices. This includes articles such as incumbent profiles for Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper or 2015 candidate for Mississippi Treasurer David McRae.

This section primarily features background information about the state officer. This may include:

  • hometown
  • pre-public service work
  • non-profit

(see example below)

  • military career (if applicable)
  • start of political career
  • a subsection on education (attended colleges, degree, years of graduation,)

Note: any details about the officer's political career (e.g. previous offices, committees, political party, etc.) can be added in the "Political career" section which follows the "Biography."

Note: controversies

Events while NOT in office: If an event is completely unrelated to their term in office, add the note to the biography section. Such events may include, for example, (this is completely made up) a DUI arrest during a two-year hiatus from politics. In other words, they were not holding a public office at the time of the arrest.

The additions, should NOT include a new subsection.

Events while in office: For controversies that may arise while an officeholder is in office - such as a controversial position taken on an issue, misuse of public funds, a DUI, arrest, etc. - add that notation or news under the office in which they served at that time in the "Political career" section.

See Writing:Political career (state executive officials).


Below is an example of how this section would appear in an article. See also: Alaska Gov. Bill Walker


An Alaska native, Walker was born in Fairbanks and grew up in Delta Junction and Valdez. Following his graduation from Valdez High School in 1969, Walker left his home state for Portland, Oregon, where he attended Lewis and Clark College and received a B.S. in business administration in 1973. In 1983, Walker graduated from the University of Puget Sound School of Law, which is known today as Seattle University.[1]

Between college and law school, Walker made his first foray into politics when he ran successfully for a seat on the Valdez City Council. Two years later, 27-year-old Walker became the youngest-ever Mayor of Valdez.[2]

Walker owned and practiced at Richards LLC law firm from 1995 to 2014, honing his knowledge of oil and gas and municipal law through experiences providing counsel to the Alaska Gasline Port Authority and various municipalities across Alaska.[1] Prior to opening his firm with his wife, Walker was a managing partner for the firm of Hughes, Thorsness, Gantz, Powell, and Brundin and served as Municipal Law Department Chair.

Walker spent four years as a Trans-Alaska Pipeline construction worker and member of Alaska Laborers’, Carpenters’ and Teamsters’ Unions before founding his own Valdez-based construction company in 1975. His previous work experience included one year as a commercial fisherman.[1]


  • Valdez High School (1969)
  • B.S. in business administration - Lewis and Clark College, Portland (1973)
  • J.D. - University of Puget Sound School of Law (now Seattle University) (1983)

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