Rep. Laddie Shaw, House District 26, says he has applied for the vacant Senate Seat M position.
“After giving it a lot of thought, I have decided to place my name in consideration for appointment to the Alaska Senate seat made vacant by the untimely passing of Sen. Chris Birch,” he wrote on Facebook.
“I really had to wrestle with this decision. I love serving with my House colleagues, and I really enjoy my friends in the House Republican minority caucus. And most of all, I am aware that Chris leaves behind some mighty big shoes to fill.
“But one of the things you learn in the military – especially in the Navy SEALs – is that you don’t ignore the call to serve. So when many of my neighbors, my constituents, and members of the House and Senate urged me to step forward to serve in this role, I knew it was a call I had to answer.
“I never forget what an honor it is to serve you in the State House, and how humbled I am to have that privilege. If I am selected for the Senate seat, I hope I will serve with the same humility, grace, and hard work that Chris himself served with.”
Shaw was elected to House District 26 in 2018, when he ran in a three-way primary against Joe Riggs and Al Fogle.
Fogle has also thrown his name in the hat for the Senate Seat M seat, as has Tali Birch Kindred and former state Sen. Dave Donley.
Shaw currently fills the seat the was left by Sen. Chris Birch as he moved to the Senate.
Shaw is a retired Navy SEAL and Vietnam veteran (two tours) who spent eight years with the SEAL Reserve component; and seven years with the Alaska Army National Guard (Airborne). In 1999 he was appointed to the position of State Director of Veterans Affairs for the State of Alaska. He has also been an instructor at the State Trooper Academy in Sitka.