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.
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.