Jackson takes oath — but still hasn’t been sworn in by the Legislature

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 16:41
  • Representative-designee Sharon Jackson takes an oath of office at the Juneau courthouse on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. Jackson was nominated by Gov. Dunleavy to fill a seat vacated by Nancy Dahlstrom, but she was not sworn in on the first day of the session because the House could not agree on a majority. (Rep. Joshua Revak / Facebook)
  • Sharon Jackson Republican candidate for Lt. governor talks during the Anchorage Republican Women’s Club debate at Davis Constructors in Anchorage, AK Anchorage on Thursday, August 9, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)

Sharon Jackson, who was appointed by Gov. Dunleavy to the District 13 State House seat in Eagle River, participated in what Rep. Josh Revak described as a “swearing in” ceremony Wednesday at a courthouse in Juneau.

Jackson has yet to be officially sworn in by the Legislature, which is currently in the middle of trying to organize and has yet to form a majority.

Revak posted a video of the event on his Facebook page. The video shows Jackson taking an oath from a court clerk as fellow Republicans Revak and Rep. Jason Eastman look on.

At the end of the brief ceremony, Jackson signed the “Employee Affidavit” saying she would defend the U.S. and Alaska Constitution and faithfully discharge her duties as a State Representative.

In a statement to the Anchorage Daily News, Rep. Dave Talerico (R-Healy) said he has requested a legal analysis of the maneuver.

“While the sentiment of this effort to get Ms. Jackson seated quickly is appreciated, the House Republicans anticipate the official swearing-in of Ms. Jackson to take place on the House floor, as in accordance with Alaska Statutes and the Constitution, and we look forward to welcoming her to the body as soon as possible,” Talerico wrote.

Jackson was appointed last month by Dunleavy after Nancy Dahlstrom — who won the November election to replace outgoing Rep. Dan Saddler — announced she wouldn’t take her seat and would instead take an appointment as Commissioner of the Department of Corrections.

District 13 includes North Eagle River and Fort Richardson.

Rep. Bryce Edgmon (D-Dillingham), called Wednesday’s events “bizarre,” according to the Daily News. But Revak and Eastman said the signing-in is legal under Alaska Statute 09.63.010, which lists officials who “may take an oath, affirmation, or acknowledgment in the state.”

On the first day of the session Monday the House failed to confirm Jackson after Rep. Chris Tuck, an Anchorage Democrat, objected. Tuck pointed out that the House had yet to appoint a speaker and therefore cannot conduct business.

The House has been in negotiations to select a speaker after the body’s 21 Republicans were unable to form a majority.

Read more at the Anchorage Daily News.

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