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Encyclopedia > Tony Knowles (politician)
Official campaign photo of Tony Knowles
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Anthony Carroll "Tony" Knowles (born January 1, 1943 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is an American Democratic politician and businessman who served as Governor of Alaska from December 1994 to December 2002. Image File history File linksMetadata Tony. ... January 1 is the first day of the calendar year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. ... 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1943 calendar). ... Nickname: Oil Capital of the World, Americas Most Beautiful City, T-Town Location in the state of Oklahoma Coordinates: Country State Counties United States Oklahoma Tulsa County Mayor Kathy Taylor (D) Area    - City 483. ... Official language(s) None Capital Oklahoma City Largest city Oklahoma City Area  Ranked 20th  - Total 69,960 sq mi (181,196 km²)  - Width 230 miles (370 km)  - Length 298 miles (480 km)  - % water 1. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ... This is a list of the governors of the U.S. state of Alaska, of Alaska Territory and of the District of Alaska, and the military commanders of the District of Alaska. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ...

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Earlier life

Knowles volunteered for the U.S. Army in 1962, joining the 82nd Airborne Division, and later served in Vietnam. Knowles achieved passage of legislation to create guaranteed veterans housing in the state's Pioneer's Homes, and honored their service through official days of recognition and a mountain named to honor POW/MIAs. The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... The 82nd Airborne Division of the United States Army was constituted in the National Army as the 82nd Division on August 5, 1917, and was organized on August 25, 1917, at Camp Gordon, Georgia. ...


He earned a degree in economics from Yale University in 1968. There, he was a fraternity brother of George W. Bush, who graduated the same year and was also a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon. After graduation, he moved to Alaska and worked on oil drilling rigs on the North Slope and in Cook Inlet. In 1969, Knowles started his first of four restaurants including the Downtown Deli & Café in Anchorage. Buyers bargain for good prices while sellers put forth their best front in Chichicastenango Market, Guatemala. ... Yale redirects here. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is an American businessman and politician, was elected in 2000 as the 43rd President of the United States of America, re-elected in 2004, and is currently serving his second term in that office. ... Delta Kappa Epsilon (ΔΚΕ; also pronounced D K E or Deke) is the oldest secret college mens fraternity of New England origin. ... ... Cook Inlet, showing Knik and Turnagain Arms The Cook Inlet or Nuti Inlet is a large inlet of the Gulf of Alaska in south-central Alaska. ...


An avid fly fisherman, cross country skier, and (retired) marathon runner, Tony Knowles and his wife Susan currently reside in Anchorage. They have three children, Devon, Luke, and Sara. Fly fishing is an ancient and distinct angling method, developed primarily for trout and now extended to other surface-oriented species such as grayling as well as a wide range of marine species. ... Cross-country skiing (also known as XC skiing) is a winter sport popular in many countries with large snowfields, primarily Northern Europe and Canada. ... Modern day marathon runners The word marathon refers to a long-distance road running event of 42. ...


Political career

After three terms on the Anchorage Assembly, he served two terms as mayor of Anchorage from 1981 to 1987. Knowles first ran for governor in 1990, but was defeated by Walter Hickel. In 1994, he defeated former lieutenant governor Steve McAlpine in the Democratic primary and was elected governor in the general election. In the generally Republican state of Alaska, Knowles's victory was largely brought about by the extremely negative campaign strategy used by the Republican candidate Jim Campbell. In the election, Knowles received 41.1%, Campbell 40.8% and lieutenant governor Jack Coghill of the Alaskan Independence Party 13%. This is a list of mayors of Anchorage, Alaska, USA. Anchorage was incorporated as a city on November 23, 1920. ... Categories: People stubs | 1919 births | Governors of Alaska | U.S. Secretaries of the Interior ... The Republican Party (often referred to as the GOP, for Grand Old Party) is one of the two major political parties in the United States two-party system, along with the Democratic Party. ... Former Lieutenant Governor of Alaska (served 1988-1992 under Wally Hickel) also a member of the Alaskan Independence Party. ... The Alaskan Independence Party is a political party in the U.S. state of Alaska. ...


Knowles won the 1998 election in a landslide, defeating Republican John Lindauer 51%-18%. Knowles victory in this race was also due largely to an extremely negative campaign brought about by John Lindauer, controversy surrounding Lindauer and his misrepresentation of facts on campaign finance documents, and questions about Lindauer's state residency. Republican Robin Taylor, who was defeated in the primary by Lindauer, garnered 20% of the vote after announcing his write-in campaign only one week prior to the election. Knowles did not run for reelection in 2002 due to a consecutive two-term limit. Alaska law actually allows for three terms, but requires a break between two consecutive terms and a third. Continuity Announcer & Newsreader Robin Taylor Robin Taylor is a Northern Irish television presenter. ...


Knowles was chair of the Western Governors' Association in 1997, two-term chair of the Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission, and a member of the Pew Oceans Commission (POC). His membership in the POC caused him later problems due to the anti-fishing industry stance taken by that organization.


During his term, Knowles established Denali Kid Care, which provided basic health care for 25,000 children and 5,000 pregnant women. The National Child Welfare League named Knowles as their Child Advocate of the Year in 1998.


A strong supporter of the Alaska National Guard, Knowles was recipient of the Guard's Pro Patria award and the 2001 Charles Dick Silver Medal of Merit. Seal of the National Guard Bureau Seal of the Army National Guard Seal of the Air National Guard Seal of the National Guard Missile Defense The United States National Guard is a component of the United States Army (the Army National Guard) and the United States Air Force (the Air...


Governor Knowles forged the "Millennium Agreement", a government-to-government agreement with tribes to foster rural delivery of services and economic development. He earned special recognition by the National Congress of American Indians in 2001 and the Alaska Federation of Natives Denali Award, the highest award given to a non-native. The National Congress of American Indians is the oldest, largest and most representative Indian organization in the United States. ...


Knowles pushed Canadian officials to adopt his "safe passage" principle to protect Pacific salmon and their freshwater habitat, leading to the successful negotiation of the first coast wide salmon treaty in decades. The Chinook or King Salmon is the largest salmon in North America and can grow to 1. ... Habitat (from the Latin for it inhabits) is the place where a particular species lives and grows. ...


During his final term as governor, opponents attacked him as a weak leader who avoided taking a position on several key issues, as exemplified by the "Where's Tony?" campaign.


In 2004, he ran for the United States Senate, as the Democratic challenger to Republican incumbent Lisa Murkowski. Knowles was at first thought likely to win by many, but he was narrowly defeated in the election. 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Lisa Ann Murkowski (born May 22, 1957) is an American politician. ...


On May 29, 2006, he announced his bid to return to the governor's office in 2006. [1] On August 22, 2006, Knowles defeated Eric Croft in the Democratic primary to become the Democratic nominee for Governor of Alaska in the general election. May 29 is the 149th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (150th in leap years). ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... August 22 is the 234th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (235th in leap years), with 131 days remaining. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Eric Croft (born November 6, 1964) is currently a Democratic State Representative from Anchorage, Alaska and is currently a candidate in the 2006 gubernatorial election. ...


Electoral history

  • 2006 race for Governor, primary
  • 2004 race for U.S. Senate
  • 1998 race for Governor
    • Tony Knowles (D) (inc.), 51%
    • Robin Taylor (R), 20% (write-in)
    • John Lindauer (R), 18%
  • 1994 race for Governor
  • 1990 race for Governor
    • Walter Hickel (AIP), 39%
    • Tony Knowles (D), 31%
    • Arliss Sturgulewski (R), 27%

Eric Croft (born November 6, 1964) is currently a Democratic State Representative from Anchorage, Alaska and is currently a candidate in the 2006 gubernatorial election. ... Lisa Ann Murkowski (born May 22, 1957) is an American politician. ... Continuity Announcer & Newsreader Robin Taylor Robin Taylor is a Northern Irish television presenter. ... Former Lieutenant Governor of Alaska (served 1988-1992 under Wally Hickel) also a member of the Alaskan Independence Party. ... The Alaskan Independence Party is a political party in the U.S. state of Alaska. ... Categories: People stubs | 1919 births | Governors of Alaska | U.S. Secretaries of the Interior ...

External links

  • Tony Knowles for Governor

References

  • "Knowles to run for governor" by Matt Volz, Associated Press, May 29, 2006
Preceded by:
George Sullivan
Mayor of Anchorage
19821987
Succeeded by:
Tom Fink
Preceded by:
Walter J. Hickel
Governor of Alaska
19942002
Succeeded by:
Frank Murkowski
Governors of Alaska Alaska State Flag
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Tony Knowles (politician) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (791 words)
Anthony Carroll "Tony" Knowles (born January 1, 1943 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is an American Democratic politician and businessman who served as Governor of Alaska from December 1994 to December 2002.
Knowles was chair of the Western Governors' Association in 1997, two-term chair of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, and a member of the Pew Oceans Commission (POC).
Knowles pushed Canadian officials to adopt his "safe passage" principle to protect Pacific salmon and their freshwater habitat, leading to the successful negotiation of the first coast wide salmon treaty in decades.
NEWS ARTICLE (875 words)
Knowles agreed only reluctantly to be interviewed on the topic, which he says Lindauer is raising only to gain political points.
He blasted Knowles for refusing to sign the state law enacted in 1996 banning same-sex marriage, and for criticizing the proposed amendment.
Knowles was widely expected to veto that 1996 legislation, but instead he allowed it to become law without his signature.
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