Ethan Berkowitz

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Ethan Berkowitz
Ethan Berkowitz 2008.jpg
Mayor of Anchorage
Assumed office
July 1, 2015
Preceded by Dan Sullivan
Member of the Alaska House of Representatives
from the 26th district
13th district (1997–2003)
In office
January 13, 1997 – January 15, 2007
Preceded by Cynthia Toohey
Succeeded by Lindsey Holmes
Personal details
Born (1962-02-04) February 4, 1962 (age 56)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mara Kimmel
Education Harvard University (BA)
University of Cambridge (MPhil)
University of California, Hastings (JD)

Ethan A. Berkowitz (born February 4, 1962) is an American politician who is the current mayor of Anchorage, Alaska. From 1997 to 2007 he was the Alaska State Representative for District 26, serving as the Democratic Party Minority Leader from 1999 to 2007. He was the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor in 2006, for Alaska's at-large congressional district in 2008 and for governor in 2010. He was elected mayor of Anchorage in 2015, and reelected to a second term in 2018.[1]

Early life and education

Berkowitz was born on February 4, 1962 in San Francisco, California. He received his degrees from Harvard College (1983, government and economics, with honors), Cambridge University (MPhil, polar studies, 1986), and The University of California Hastings College of Law (1990). He moved to Alaska in 1990 and is a lawyer and business owner.[2]

Political career

Alaska House of Representatives

Further information: 24th Alaska State Legislature

Berkowitz was the Democratic Minority Leader in the Alaska House of Representatives from 1999 to 2007. He was first elected to represent District 26 (Anchorage) in 1996, and reelected in 1998, 2000, 2002, and 2004.

2006 campaign

In the 2006 election, Berkowitz was the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor of Alaska, running with gubernatorial nominee Tony Knowles. Knowles and Berkowitz were defeated in the general election by Sarah Palin and Sean Parnell, 48% to 41%.

2008 campaign

In 2008, Berkowitz ran for election as U.S. Representative for Alaska's At-large congressional district, held by scandal-plagued Republican Don Young, who was seeking his 19th term in Congress. Berkowitz defeated Diane Benson in the August 26 Democratic primary by a substantial margin.[3]

The initial results from the general election on November 4, 2008, showed Young leading the race, but with many absentee and provisional ballots left to be counted, the race was not called. On November 12, 2008, the media declared that Young, 75, had retained his seat in the United States House of Representatives. Young received 50% of the vote to Berkowitz's 45%.[4][5]

Berkowitz conceded defeat on November 18, 2008, after counting of absentee and provisional ballots had mostly been completed and Young had a clearly insurmountable lead. Berkowitz received more votes in 2008 (142,560) than any Democrat who had ever run against Young for Congress, and the 2008 race was the closest any Democrat had come to unseating Young since 1990, when John Devens of Valdez received 48% of the vote.[6]

2010 campaign

In December 2008 Berkowitz said he was considering challenging Young again in 2010,[7] but in July 2009 he said he would not run and was instead considering challenging Governor Sarah Palin.[8][9] Berkowitz entered the race following Palin's resignation in July 2009 and on August 24, 2010, he defeated State Senator Hollis S. French to win the Democratic nomination. Incumbent Republican Governor Sean Parnell defeated Berkowitz and his running mate Diane E. Benson in the November general election, 59 percent to 38 percent.[10]

2015 campaign

Berkowitz ran for mayor of Anchorage in 2015. He finished ahead of the rest of the field in the nonpartisan primary on April 7, advancing to a runoff with Assemblywoman Amy Demboski. He was endorsed by the third-place finisher, former Republican state representative Andrew Halcro.[11] He won the May 5 runoff election by a 19-point margin.[12][13]

Comments Berkowitz had made on the Bernadette and Berkowitz Show attracted controversy. In the context of a debate on October 13, 2014, with co-host Bernadette Wilson over same-sex marriage, Berkowitz had said, "I support the idea of adults being able to choose who they have a relationship with. Father and son should be allowed to marry, if they’re both consenting adults — if you’re defining marriage as the bundle of rights and privileges that’s now accrued to people, then yes."[14][15] Berkowitz later called the remark a "hypothetical insinuation", denying that he supports incest.[16]

Mayor of Anchorage

On July 1, 2015, Berkowitz was sworn in as Anchorage's mayor. In his inauguration speech, he urged city residents and leaders to work to overcome differences and "rise above the immediacy and smallness of the moment".[17]

Other ventures

Berkowitz took the position of Senior Vice President of the Anchorage, Alaska branch of Strategies 360 in February 2011.[18]

Berkowitz and Bernadette Wilson were co-hosts of the Bernadette and Berkowitz Show on Anchorage radio station KFQD in 2014. He left the show when he began his mayoral run.[19]


  1. ^ Hughes, Zachariah (April 18, 2018). "Anchorage officials certify vote-by-mail results". KTOO-TV. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  2. ^ [1], State of Alaska, Division of Elections, 1996. Retrieved April 29, 2001
  3. ^ Michael O'Brien, "Stevens wins primary, Young locked in a nail biter",, August 27, 2008.
  4. ^, Young retains US House seat in Alaska[dead link]
  5. ^, Young retains US House seat in Alaska
  6. ^ Anchorage Daily News, The other congressional race – Berkowitz concedes to Young Archived May 16, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Toeplitz, Shira (December 3, 2008). "Berkowitz Ponders Rematch With Young in Alaska". Roll Call. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  8. ^ Toeplitz, Shira (June 16, 2009). "Young May Avoid Hard Race in 2010". Roll Call. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  9. ^ "This Democrat Is Itching To Run Against Sarah Palin for Governor – The Eye (CQ Politics)". May 27, 2009. Archived from the original on May 31, 2009. Retrieved August 29, 2010.
  10. ^ Election Night 2010: Incumbents Parnell and Young Re-Elected, Possibly Murkowski APRN October 3, 2010
  11. ^ "Halcro makes last-minute Berkowitz endorsement in mayoral race". Pipeline. May 4, 2015. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
  12. ^ Klint, Chris (May 5, 2015). "Berkowitz defeats Demboski by wide margin to become Anchorage mayor". KTUU-TV. Archived from the original on May 7, 2015. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
  13. ^ "Berkowitz holds big lead over Demboski in runoff race for mayor". Alaska Dispatch News. May 5, 2015. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
  14. ^ Marans, Daniel, "Incest Becomes Last-Minute Campaign Issue In Anchorage Mayoral Race," Huffington Post, May 5, 2015. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  15. ^ Wilson, Bernadette, "Surprise: Anchorage Mayoral Candidate Ethan Berkowitz Really Did Support Disgusting Father-Son Marriage," Restoring Liberty, May 2, 2015. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  16. ^ Recording of remark[permanent dead link]: "On eve of Election Day, recording of provocative radio interview released," KTUU TV, May 4, 2015. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  17. ^ Kelly, Devin (July 1, 2015). "Berkowitz sworn in as Anchorage mayor in downtown ceremony". Alaska Dispatch News. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  18. ^ "Berkowitz goes to work for consulting firm". February 11, 2011. Retrieved March 12, 2011.
  19. ^ Kelly, Devin, "Anchorage radio station KFQD drops Bernadette Wilson's show," Anchorage Dispatch News, December 31, 2015, updated July 8, 2016. Retrieved September 4, 2016.

External links

  • Mayor's Office Website
  • Ethan Berkowitz for Mayor of Anchorage official campaign website
  • Profile at Vote Smart
  • Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
  • Ethan Berkowitz at 100 Years of Alaska's Legislature
  • Appearances on C-SPAN
Political offices
Preceded by
Gene Kubina
Minority Leader of the Alaska House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Beth Kerttula
Preceded by
Dan Sullivan
Mayor of Anchorage
Party political offices
Preceded by
Gene Kubina
Leader of the Democratic Party in the Alaska House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Beth Kerttula
Preceded by
Ernie Hall
Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Alaska
Succeeded by
Diane Benson
Preceded by
Tony Knowles
Democratic nominee for Governor of Alaska
Succeeded by
Byron Mallott
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