State directors for both Alaska senators leave for private sector

Steve Wackowski

Steve Wackowski, the state director for Sen. Lisa Murkowski, is leaving government service for the private sector.

Wackowski has been state director for the Alaska senator for two years. Before that, he was chief of staff to the Alaska Aerospace Corporation, and during the Trump Administration, he worked as a senior advisor for the U.S. Department of the Interior. He worked on the Sen. Murkowski campaign in 2016 and was the press secretary for Sen. Ted Stevens before that. Wackowski has been a reserve officer in the U.S. Air Force for 19 years.

Must Read Alaska has learned he will be working for an oil company.

Chad Padgett

Also this week came the announcement that Sen. Dan Sullivan has lost his state director, as Chad Padgett has taken a position with Arctic Slope Development Corporation, in government relations. Padgett has been state director for Sullivan since 2021, was state director for the Bureau of Land Management, and worked for Rep. Don Young for a decade as state director. He also worked as a state director for USDA Farm Bureau and Rural Development. He was deputy state director for Congressman Young from 1994-2001.


  1. A healthy economy is small teeny tiny government and a BIG expanding private sector. As I say government doesn’t make money of its own and neither do non profits. Could be too the men are looking out for themselves. Do we blame them? That’s the nature of a man to look out for himself, his family, and his community. But either way. Private sector they’ll rediscover finding its is more rewarding for a man instead of shuffling paperwork around because he is building something with his hands or working with a team building to something.
    USA was never meant to have a BIG government where the people go to it for their needs.

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