Former state Sen. Hollis French has been appointed to a commission overseeing oil and gas drilling in Alaska.
Gov. Bill Walker said French's experience in the oil industry will make him a valuable addition to the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. The appointment is subject to legislative approval.
Walker's office says French brings 13 years of oil field experience to the job. French worked in the industry before becoming a lawyer.
French served 12 years in the Alaska Senate. In 2014, he won the Democratic party's nomination for lieutenant governor. That ambition was set aside, though, when Democratic gubernatorial candidate Byron Mallott joined forces with Walker and became Walker's running mate.
Since January 2014, the commission has gone for stretches without a third member following the departure of John Norman. A permanent replacement has yet to be confirmed.