Gov. Mike Dunleavy nominated Mel Gillis on Sunday to fill the south Anchorage House seat vacated by Josh Revak, who earlier this month succeeded the late Sen. Chris Birch.

Gillis was among three names forwarded to Dunleavy last week and needs only confirmation from House Republicans to serve the rest of Revak’s term.

Dunleavy chose Gillis over Forrest McDonald, and Jamie Donley, whose names the Alaska Republican Party also forwarded to the governor.

"I would like to thank Gov. Dunleavy for the confidence he has placed in me by appointing me to serve as State Representative for House District 25,” Gillis said in a prepared statement. “I would also like to thank the other folks who put their names forward. It takes a lot of guts. They're great folks, well qualified, and I consider them my friends.”

Since 1970, Gillis has owned and operated a successful hunting and fishing guide business.

Prior to becoming a full-time guide, Gillis repaired village buildings damaged in the 1964 earthquake, working as a roughneck in the state’s oil patch and as a member of the Plaster and Cement Masons Local 867.

“Mr. Gillis is a stalwart pioneer of our great state,” Dunleavy said in a statement. “He is a commonsense, hardworking, Alaskan that cares immensely about the state that he helped build. He raised a family here and now enjoys spending time with his grandchildren. He has an established, positive relationship with the people in House District 25 and will be able to hit the ground running on the complex issues that will be front and center in the upcoming legislative session.”

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