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  • Sean R. Parnell is an American politician. He served as the tenth Governor of Alaska. A member of the Republican Party, Parnell was sworn into office on July 26, 2009, succeeding Governor Sarah Palin after her resignation. Born in Hanford, California, Parnell is a graduate from the University of Puget Sound's School of Law. He entered private practice before being elected to the Alaska House of Representatives in 1992. He served two terms in the Alaska House from 1993 to 1997 when he was elected to one term in the Alaska Senate from 1997 to 2001. Parnell then entered the private sector as a lobbyist, becoming the Alaska government relations director for ConocoPhillips and an advisor at the lobbying firm Patton Boggs. Returning to public service, Parnell was selected as the running mate to Sarah Palin's 2006 gubernatorial campaign, where they defeated former Democratic Governor Tony Knowles. Parnell was sworn in as Lieutenant Governor of Alaska in December 2006 and later assumed the governorship after Palin resigned in July 2009. Parnell was elected to a full term as Governor in 2010, defeating former State Senator Ethan Berkowitz in the general election.

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