Democrat Mary Peltola wins Alaska special election over Sarah Palin making history as the first Alaska Native in Congress

By: John Wilson

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Mary Peltola Early Life

Born: Mary Sattler on August 31, 1973 (age 49) Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.

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Education

Peltola studied at the University of Northern Colorado (1991 to 1994)  University of Alaska Fairbanks (1994 to 1995), University of Alaska Southeast (1995 to 1997), and the University of Alaska Anchorage (1997 to 1998).

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Mary Peltola Personal Life

She has four children. Two with her first husband, pilot Jonathan Kapsner, and two with her second husband, lawyer Joe G. Nelson. Now Peltola is married to Gene Peltola, the director of the Alaska Regional Office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

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Mary Peltola Political Party: Democratic

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Political Career

 in 1998, Peltola was elected to the Alaska House of Representatives. Preceded by Ivan Ivan, Succeeded by Bob Herron Constituency 39th district (1999–2003), 38th district (2003–2009)

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Mary Peltola defeated Sarah Palin in a special election and became the first Alaska Native elected to Congress.

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Currently, Mary Peltola is the member-elect of the U.S. House of Representatives from Alaska's at-large congressional district.

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Mary Peltola Assuming office from September 13, 2022. Succeeding Don Young

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