Talis J. Colberg, Attorney General 2006-2009
Former Governor Sarah Palin appointed Talis J. Colberg as the state's twentieth Attorney General on December 13, 2006. Colberg received his high school degree from Palmer High School in 1976. He graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 1979 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Oriental History. In 1983 Colberg received his JD degree from Pepperdine University School of Law. He was admitted to the Alaska Bar in 1984. He finished his Ph.D. in Northern Political History & Culture at the University of Alaska Northern Studies program in 2008.
From 1984 to 1985 Colberg was an associate attorney in the law firm Kopperud and Hefferan in Wasilla, Alaska. From 1985 to 1992 he served as staff counsel to The Travelers Insurance Companies. Until his appointment as Attorney General for the State of Alaska, he was in sole practice from 1992 and was also an Adjunct History Instructor at Matanuska-Susitna College, teaching Eastern and Western Civilization.
In addition to his legal practice and teaching responsibilities, Colberg was active in the community. He was elected to two, three-year terms on the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly. From 1992 until his appointment, he was a member of the Greater Palmer Chamber of Commerce. From 1998 to 2001 Colberg served as a member of the Matanuska-Susitna Valleys State Park Citizen Advisory Board. From 1995 to 2001 he served as a Director of the Board as well as Secretary and President for the Alaska State Fair, Inc. From 2002 through 2006, Colberg served on the Board of Directors for the Alaska Humanities Forum and was elected Chairman of that Board from 2004 to 2005. He is also a Past President of the Palmer Rotary Club, where he has been a member since 1992.
Attorney General Colberg and his wife have two daughters.