Democrats in the Alaska House of Representatives have confirmed John Agnaqluk Lincoln as the newest member of House. In a closed-door caucus meeting of the 16 House Democrats late Thursday, Lincoln was confirmed unanimously. The vote was announced by the caucus.
Lincoln replaces Rep. Dean Westlake, D-Kotzebue, who resigned in December after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.
Lincoln was selected by Gov. Bill Walker late Wednesday after Walker rejected three nominees brought forward by Democrats in the far-north House District 40, which encompasses the North Slope Borough and Northwest Arctic Borough.
House Majority Leader Chris Tuck, D-Anchorage, said Friday that Lincoln will arrive in Juneau on Sunday evening and will travel with his daughter and her mother. Monday is expected to be Lincoln’s first day on the House floor.