Rep. Dan Saddler, the outgoing representative for District 13, has resigned his seat to take a communications post in the Department of Natural Resources. He’ll handle external communications and some legislative liaison duties.
“It is with bittersweet feelings that I let you know that I have resigned my seat representing District 13 in the Alaska House of Representatives, effective close of business today (Friday), he wrote.
“Though my fourth term would ordinarily run until members of the 30th Legislature are sworn in on Jan. 15, 2019, I wanted to get to work quickly helping Gov. Mike Dunleavy fulfill his promise to use our state’s resources to create jobs and a stronger economy for Alaskans. And with my friend Nancy Dahlstrom’s decision to take on the important challenge of keeping our state safer as Corrections commissioner, I wanted to clear the path forward for those seeking to succeed us in the House seat,” Saddler wrote.
A Democrat blogger stated that Saddler cannot legally move from the House into a professional job in the Administration. However, Saddler has a written opinion from the Department of Law that says he can:
Saddler said the position was not created for him and there is no raise attached to it.