Tiffany Zulkosky

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Tiffany Zulkosky
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Member of the Alaska House of Representatives
from District 38
Assumed office
March 9, 2018
Governor Bill Walker
Preceded by Zach Fansler
Mayor of Bethel, Alaska
In office
October 20, 2008 April 2009
Preceded byEric Middlebrook
Succeeded byJoseph Klejka
Personal details
Born (1984-05-19) May 19, 1984 (age 37)
Political party Democratic
Residence Bethel, Alaska
Alma mater University of Alaska Southeast
OccupationVice President of Communications at the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation

Tiffany Zulkosky (born May 19, 1984) is an American politician. She has served in the Alaska House of Representatives from District 38 since March 2018. Zulkosky is a Democrat and caucuses with the House Majority Caucus. In 2018, she was appointed by Governor Bill Walker and unanimously approved by House Democrats to fill the vacant seat in District 38. Zulkosky, who is Yup'ik, is the only Alaska Native woman currently serving in the Alaska Legislature.



Zulkosky graduated from Bethel Regional High School in 2002. She earned a B.A. in Organizational Communications from Northwest University in 2006 and a Master's in Public Administration from the University of Alaska Southeast in 2015.


Mayor of Bethel

Zulkosky was elected Mayor of Bethel at 24 and holds the distinction of being the youngest Mayor in Bethel's history. [1] [2] [3] She resigned from the position in April 2009 to work as U.S. Senator Mark Begich's Rural Director.

Other work

Zulkosky served as U.S. Senator Mark Begich's Rural Director from 2009 - 2011. She then became the Alaska West Area Director at USDA until 2013. After, she was the Executive Director of Nuvista Light and Electric Cooperative until 2016, at which point she became the Vice-President of Communications at the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation. Zulkosky is on a "Leave of Absence" from YKHC while the Legislature is in session. [4]

Alaska House of Representatives

After the resignation of Zach Fansler due to allegations of assault in February 2018, Zulkosky was appointed by Bill Walker, [5] making her the first Alaska Native woman to be a member of the Alaska Legislature. [6]

Alaska Native tribes

Zulkosky has sought to establish better relationships between the Government of Alaska and indigenous tribes native to Alaska. She has focused on "tribal compacting", which outlines which services will be provided by tribal authorities and which will be provided by the government. [6]

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