Monday, September 15, 2008
Who Is Alaska AG Talis Colberg?
Over the weekend, the New York Times reported that the legal community in Alaska was shocked when Gov. Sarah Palin appointed Talis Colberg as attorney general soon after she won election in 2006.
As the article states: "Mr. Colberg ... moved from a one-room building in the valley to one of the most powerful offices in the state, supervising some 500 people."
So what else can we learn about Attorney General Colberg?
According to his official state biography, Colberg obtained his law degree at Pepperdine University but has otherwise spent his entire life in Alaska.
Although he was a solo practitioner from 1992 up until Palin's election, he appears to have been active in other areas.
In addition to serving on the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly, he also taught history at Matanuska-Susitna College.
He recently completed a Ph.D in northern Political history & culture at the University of Alaska.
Prior to going solo, Colberg was a staff counsel for Travelers Insurance.
His high velocity rise to prominence could continue if his boss becomes vice-president.
As others have reported, Colberg could end up taking Palin's spot as governor if current Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell wins election to the House of Representatives.