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Mead Treadwell
Mead Treadwell.jpg
Current candidacy
Running for U.S. Senate, Alaska
Current office
Lieutenant Governor of Alaska
In office
December 6, 2010 - Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 5
PredecessorCraig Campbell (R)
Base salary$100,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$650,173
Term limits2 consecutive terms
High schoolHotchkiss School
Bachelor'sYale University
Master'sHarvard Business School
Date of birthMarch 21, 1956
Office website
Mead Treadwell (b. March 21, 1956), a Republican, is the current Lieutenant Governor of Alaska. Previously, he served as a Chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission until May 7, 2010 when he resigned to run for office.[1] Following his victory in the August 24th primary, he became the 2010 Republican nominee for Lt. Governor of Alaska. He won the 2010 midterm general election over Democratic nominee Diane E. Benson[2] and was sworn in on December 6th of that year, along with Gov. Sean Parnell.

Treadwell announced that he would seek election to the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Mark Begich in 2014.[3]


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.

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.


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

Political career

Lieutenant Governor (2010-present)

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 Lt. 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.



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.[4] He echoed these sames motivators in interviews.



See also: United States Senate elections in Alaska, 2014

Treadwell is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Alaska. He is the second Republican to enter the race, and he will face Joe Miller in the primary election.


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.[5]
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.[5]
2010 Race for Lieutenant Governor - Republican Primary[6]
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.[7]

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

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.[8] 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 Matalie still attend local schools. Tim is in college in Colorado.

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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Political offices
Preceded by
Craig Campbell (R)
Lieutenant Governor of Alaska
2010 - present
Succeeded by