Wayne Anthony Ross Named Attorney
March 26, 2009
Governor Sarah Palin today announced the appointment of Wayne
Anthony Ross as Attorney General.
Ross, currently in private practice, will fill the vacancy created
last month by the resignation of Attorney General Talis Colberg.
The governor thanked Acting Attorney General Rick Svobodny for
his support and counsel during this transition. Svobodny will
resume his position as Deputy Attorney General for the Criminal
"Wayne Anthony Ross will be a great defender of Alaska and
the people he serves," Governor Palin said. "With his
vast legal knowledge, experience and integrity, he will make
an exceptional Attorney General. I recognize the sacrifices
our public servants make for Alaska and her people, and I am
honored that Wayne is willing to make those sacrifices for the
Ross received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Law degrees
from Marquette University. He has been president of Ross &
Miner, P.C. in Anchorage since 1977.
"Theodore Roosevelt once said 'Aggressive fighting for the
right is the noblest sport the world affords' - I subscribe to
that philosophy," Ross said. "I sincerely appreciate
the confidence placed in me by Governor Sarah Palin in choosing
me to be our new Attorney General. I welcome the chance to now
represent the best interests of our beloved state and its citizens.
I look forward to working with Governor Palin and the Legislature
in the good fight to help our state achieve its full potential."
As Attorney General, Ross will work with the governor on issues
surrounding development of Alaska's rich natural resources as
the state continues its efforts to provide energy security for
America and lower energy costs for Alaskans. As Attorney General,
Ross also will help the governor protect Alaskans' right to bear
arms, and he will work tirelessly to manage Alaska's fish and
game resources for abundance through science and not politics.
Governor Palin added, "Now more than ever, it is essential
that Alaska's sovereignty be protected, that there is unity in
Alaska, and that we all stand together to see Alaska's potential
fulfilled with energy security contributions to ourselves and
the nation, while protecting the Constitution."
Ross is no stranger to public service. More than forty years
ago, Ross began his distinguished career as Assistant Attorney
General for the State of Alaska, and then as Court Trustee and
Standing Master for Family Court. He ran for governor in 2002
in the Republican primary against then-U.S. Senator Frank Murkowski.
Ross is also an educator, having taught several semesters at
the University of Alaska Anchorage.
He is a former vice president
of the National Rifle Association and currently is a Director
of the NRA. He has also volunteered his time on behalf of numerous
organizations, including the Alaska Land Use Council Advisors'
Committee, Armed Services YMCA of Alaska, and the Military Vehicle
Preservation Association. Ross is also a member of the Alaska
Peace Officers Association and an active member of the Alaska
Bar Association. Ross has been knighted by Poland and the Vatican.
Wayne Anthony Ross and his wife, Barbara, have been married more
than forty years. They live in Anchorage and have four children
and six grandchildren.
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