Former state Sen. Anna MacKinnon hired by Alaska Department of Revenue

Sens. Anna MacKinnon, R-Eagle River, Tom Begich, D-Anchorage and Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, discuss pending legislation during an at-ease in the Alaska Senate on April 15, 2018. (Photo by Skip Gray/KTOO)

A former state lawmaker has been hired by the Department of Revenue.

Anna MacKinnon, a former Republican state senator from Eagle River, said she started last week as a special assistant to the commissioner.

MacKinnon left the Alaska Legislature in 2018.

In her new role, MacKinnon will join the boards of two state corporations: The Alaska Energy Authority, which invests in projects that reduce the cost of energy in Alaska. And Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, which finances businesses and focuses on economic growth in the state.

For now, she’s working to catch up on the two corporations.

“I’ve been fairly disconnected over the past year,” MacKinnon said. “So, understanding what has happened with the organizations and how they’re investing in communities across Alaska.”

She said she’s in Anchorage for the AIDEA board meeting that starts on Wednesday.

Both MacKinnon and a spokesperson at the Department of Revenue say that in her new role, she’ll be working special projects.

Deputy Commissioner Mike Barnhill said they’re looking for projects that fit her areas of expertise — likely in the treasury and tax divisions. MacKinnon led the Senate Finance Committee for five years.

MacKinnon will be making $135,168 annually.

Her husband John MacKinnon is the commissioner of the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.



Editor’s note: This story has been updated with MacKinnon’s annual salary information. 

Rashah McChesney

Daily News Editor

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