Alaska State Government
We the People of Alaska, grateful to God and to those who founded our nation and pioneered this great land, in order to secure and transmit to succeeding generations our heritage of political, civil, and religious liberty within the Union of States, do ordain and establish this constitution for the State of Alaska.
The constitution of the state of Alaska is the constitution of the U.S. state of Alaska.
It was ratified in 1956 and took effect with Alaska's admission as a state on January 3, 1959 - With 15 articles
and 28 amendments, Alaska's constitution delegates most of the power to the governor.
The Executive Branch
Governor's Office: 3rd Floor, State Capitol, 10001 Juneau, AK 99811
The executive power of the state is vested in the governor.
Few states have a governor with as many powers as Alaska's. The governor appoints all department heads and can reorganize the executive branch, subject to legislative review.
The first Alaska Legislature provided for the creation of twelve departments, headed by commissioners who are appointed by the governor. The number has been adjusted over the years as needs change. Today there are 15 departments, dealing with everything from education to environmental conservation and prisons.
Alaska Executive Offices
The Governor (Elected)The Lieutenant Governor (Elected)The Attorney General (Appointed)
State Legislature: State Capitol, Terry Miller Building, Suite 111,Juneau, AK 99801-1182
The legislative power of the state is vested in a legislature consisting of a Senate with a membership of twenty and a House of Representatives with a membership of forty.
A member of the legislature shall be a qualified voter who has been a resident of Alaska for at least three years and of the district from which elected for at least one year, immediately preceding his filing for office. A senator shall be at least twenty-five years of age and a representative at least twenty-one years of age.
Legislators shall be elected at general elections. Their terms begin on the fourth Monday of the January following election unless otherwise provided by law. The term of representatives shall be two years, and the term of senators, four years. One-half of the senators shall be elected every two years.
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The judicial power of the state is vested in a supreme court, a superior court, and the courts established by the legislature. The jurisdiction of courts shall be prescribed by law. The courts shall constitute a unified judicial system for operation and administration. Judicial districts shall be established by law.
Selection of the state court judges in Alaska relies on what is known as the Missouri Plan or merit selection. Sixteen other states and Washington, D.C. use a similar method of judicial selection, though Alaska is unusual because it has one judicial council for all courts and all districts statewide.
Alaska Current Partisan Composition