Alaska Native Mary Peltola Makes History by Winning Congressional Seat in Alaska
September 2, 2022
History was made on Wednesday when Alaska Native Mary Peltola, a Democrat, was elected to fill Alaska's congressional at-large seat that has been vacant since longtime Congressman Don Young died unexpectedly in March, 2022.
Peltola, who is Yup'ik, made history because she is the first Alaska Native member of Congress, as well as the first Democratic woman to represent Alaska in the U.S. House of Representatives and only the fifth person to represent the state in the House since Alaska gained statehood in 1959.
Peltola beat former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in the special election.