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Mike Barnhill, new acting Revenue commissioner

Mike Barnhill, who has been the director of Policy in the Office of Management and Budget, has been named acting commissioner of the Alaska Department of Revenue.

Barnhill assumes his new role with the Department of Revenue tomorrow, Dec. 3. Bruce Tangeman resigned last month, agreeing to stay on to make a transition to a new commissioner.

Barnhill has a long and distinguished record of public service with the State of Alaska spanning two decades, said Gov. Mike Dunleavy. He is a former deputy commissioner in both the Departments of Revenue and Administration, and served as an assistant attorney general in the Department of Law.

The announcement of Barnhill moving to Revenue comes just days before the governor’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget is due.

Barnhill is a graduate Cornell Law School, where he was editor of the Cornell International Law Journal. He earned his undergraduate degree in religious studies and history from the College of Wooster.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Mike Barnhill is a fantastic resource for the State. He and his staff have thought about it. The possible consequences, the way it affects communities, how it all pieces together. And can explain the answer to your question in terms all can understand.
    Hope he takes the Commish spot, Alaska will be better for it!
    Bruce

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