Craig Campbell is the new national committeeman for the Alaska Republican Party. He replaces Mike Tauriainen of Kenai, who has served in the role since taking over for Peter Goldberg in 2020.
The State Central Committee of Alaska Republicans approved a resolution on Saturday thanking Tauriainen for his service over the past two years.
Campbell has served in several roles in the Alaska Republican Party, including as finance chair and vice chair. He is the former lieutenant governor for Alaska under Gov. Sean Parnell, and was adjutant general for the Alaska National Guard and commissioner of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs under Sarah Palin. He is currently the interim director of the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. He was a top aide to Mayor Dave Bronson during the transition to the new mayor’s administration and was CEO of the Alaska Aerospace Corporation for several years. A gifted writer, he has been an on-again, off-again columnist at Must Read Alaska.
As national committeeman, Campbell is one of 50 men who are a voting members of the Republican National Committee, where the platform and other major party decisions are made. The national committeewoman for Alaska is Fairbanks resident Cynthia Henry, who has served in the role since 2015.
The Alaska Republican Party is a political force representing constitutional rights and liberty for all. Its roots go back to the Civil War; the first president who was a member of the Republican Party was Abraham Lincoln.
During the Civl War, against the advice of his cabinet, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation that freed the slaves. The Republicans of the day worked to pass the 13th Amendment, outlawing slavery; the 14th Amendment, guaranteeing equal protection under the laws; and the 15th Amendment, securing voting rights for African-Americans. Republicans are proud of this civil rights heritage, which extended to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, with 87 percent of Republicans voting in favor of the bill, which built on the Civil Rights Bill of 1866 that passed with near unanimous Republican support.
The Republican Party also played a leading role in securing women the right to vote. In 1896, the Republican Party was the first major political party to support women’s suffrage.
When the 19th Amendment finally was added to the Constitution, 26 of 36 state legislatures that had voted to ratify it were under Republican control.
The first woman elected to Congress was a Republican, Jeanette Rankin from Montana in 1917. The party is now chaired by a woman, Ronna McDaniels, the second woman in history to chair the Republican Party. In Alaska, the party is also chaired by a woman, Ann Brown.